Just how bad is Jake Woods?
- Entering tonight's game, he had a career WHIP of 1.55.
- In his 20 career outings of 2 innings or more, he only once posted a WHIP under 1 for the game.
- In his 20 career outings of 2 innings or more, he has only held his opponents walkless once. That opponent, not surprisingly, was the Chicago White Sox.
This wasn't a case of a pitcher just having all of his pitches working, or a case of Anything Can Happen In Baseball. This was symptomatic of a White Sox team that routinely makes no-name lefties look like Cy Young. This was a team that had given up.
In his post game press conference, Ozzie said he was embarrassed about the way the team played, embarrassed at the effort they gave Vazquez, embarrassed that fans had to pay to see that crap.
Paul Konerko, Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede, AJ Pierzynski, Juan Uribe, and Tadahito Iguchi all appear to be done trying to do anything but hit the ball out of the park. Not surprisingly, the Sox last produced a run without the HR in the 7th inning on Sunday. 4 games ago.
There's no way to sugarcoat the way this team has played for the last month. The offense has been absolute garbage. Truthfully, the offense has been terrible since the All-Star break.
- As a team, the Sox hit .198/.304/.352 in the first inning.
- 4 spots in the lineup combined to post sub-.300 OBPs in the second half.
- Leadoff hitters batted .243/.290/.318
- #6 hitters (mostly occupied by AJ Pierzynski) batted .228/.278/.394.
- #7 hitters batted .238/.259/.414
- #8 hitters batted .243/.275/.391.
- Those 4 spots have combined for a .238/.276/.377 with 25 double plays in the second half.