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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Sox's first 12 games a mixed bag

By Scott Powers

CHICAGO – The Chicago White have experienced some good and some bad this season as one would expect from a team which stands at .500 after 12 games.

Here’s a look at what’s gone right and what’s gone wrong for the White Sox so far in 2012:

The good: Jake Peavy looks like the Jake Peavy of old through three starts. He’s 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA and has allowed 14 hits, six runs, two walks and struck out 21 in 19 2/3 innings.

The bad: April and May have often been Gavin Floyd’s worst months, and that appears to be the case again this season. With Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Floyd’s record fell to 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA for the season.

The good: The White Sox’s starting pitchers have been consistently solid this season. Only once in 12 games has a starter allowed more than four earned runs. The starters have combined to allow 30 runs in 73 innings.

The bad: Hector Santiago still hasn’t proven he can be an effective closer. Santiago has three saves and one blown save in four opportunities. He allowed runs in two of those appearances and has allowed a total of three runs in four innings. His ERA is 6.75.

The good: The White Sox’s pitchers strike out opposing hitters a lot. The White Sox are tied for fourth in the majors with 103 strikeouts.

The bad: The White Sox’s hitters strike out a lot. They added more 16 strikeouts to their season total Thursday and tied for the major league lead with the Orioles with 111 strikeouts.

The good: Adam Dunn broke off his recent slump with back-to-back positive hitting days on Wednesday and Thursday. He went 1-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and three walks on Wednesday and 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a walk on Thursday. He’s improved his average to .222 and leads the team with eight walks.

The bad: Dunn is still striking out a lot and isn’t hitting home runs. He leads the White Sox with 21 strikeouts and has one home run and seven RBIs on the season.

The good: Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, the team’s regular fourth and fifth hitters, are on a tear. Pierzynski leads the White Sox with a .400 average, four home runs and 13 RBIs. Konerko has 17 hits, five doubles, one home run, nine RBIs and eight runs.

The bad: Brent Morel, the team’s regular No. 2 hitter, has struggled at the plate. Morel, who had the day off Thursday, has four hits in 39 at-bats and is hitting .103. He’s had one hit in his last four games.

The good: White Sox catchers A.J. Pierzysnki and Tyler Flowers have been nearly perfect throwing runners out. Flowers threw out both runners who tried to steal second on Thursday, and the pair have combined to catch six of seven potential base stealers.

The bad: The White Sox have been mediocre on the bases. They’ve stolen seven bases and caught stealing four times.

The good: The White Sox got runners on base during the Orioles’ series. They reached base 51 times on hits and walks in the four-game series.

The bad: The White Sox didn’t score the bulk of those runners against the Orioles. They left 33 runners on base in the series. On Thursday alone, they left the bases loaded in three innings.

The good: The White Sox have six wins.

The bad: The White Sox have six losses.