White Sox's Rotation Under Microscope Early

White Sox starters have posted a combined 12.64 ERA in the first five games.

Bruce Levine
July 29, 2020 - 2:40 pm

(670 The Score) After one turn through the rotation in this 60-game season, White Sox starting pitchers are under scrutiny from every direction.

The White Sox are off to an ugly 1-4 start, and the primary problem is the rotation's struggles. White Sox starters have compiled a combined 12.64 ERA in five games, the worst mark in MLB.

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"With my personality, I don't panic very much," manager Rick Renteria said after losing both ends of a doubleheader to the Indians on Tuesday. "I am not much of a panicker. What I will tell the players is you have to keep your heads up, because we have to keep playing and tomorrow is another day."

Dallas Keuchel is the only White Sox starter to last more than four innings early on. He went 5 1/3 frames in the White Sox's lone win of the early going. The other four starters -- Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease and Carlos Rodon -- have thrown a combined 10 1/3 innings in their four outings.

Beyond that, Lopez has already landed on the injured list with a sore right shoulder. Veteran Gio Gonzalez is set to replace him in the rotation.

The pressure is now on the starters to step up and stop leaving the bullpen with such a big workload.

"We are always mindful of those innings pitched," Renteria said of his relievers. "We are concerned about how many days (of rest) we can get them in between those appearances. Hopefully, Lucas gives us a nice start with some solid innings so we can push it all back and stay away from our strength. We need them to be able to recover.

"It's no secret we need more from our starters. We try and stay optimistic. We have come out of these things before."

While the ramp-up to the short season was hectic and lasted just three weeks, the White Sox don't view that as an excuse. Every MLB team was in the same situation.

"You have to find a way to overcome all of that," catcher James McCann said. "You can make that statement about anyone."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.