Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 3/12/12

Those reading this may be wondering why there hasn’t been more Spring Training coverage before now. To be perfectly honest, I was waiting for the White Sox to win more than one game so I’d at least have some positives to write about.

The Sox stand at a 2-6 record after Sunday’s 2-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Just looking at the numbers, it is the Sox pitching that appears to struggling. Potential opening day pitcher John Danks highlighted Sunday’s loss by throwing four walks in three innings. For those keeping track of Danks through this last week, that makes seven walks in five innings overall.

Still warming up

Furthermore, newly converted starter Chris Sale did not fare so well in his first Spring Training start. The 22 year-old let up three runs in three innings, including a home run.

Despite looking very lackluster this past week, the news isn’t all bad. Even though the pitching could stand to improve, the run production is certainly enough to win games. No game saw the White Sox batting lineup get shut out. Unfortunately, even though the Sox scored six runs in three of their games, they could only win one of them due to defense issues.

Another positive point of note is the performance of utility player Brent Lillibridge. The versatile player is coming off a very successful 2011 season and manager Robin Ventura has been very open about recognizing Lillibridge’s potential to contribute in a variety of ways. His diverse talents could back up a struggling Beckham or Ramirez in the infield. Lillibridge can also fill in for Alex Rios if he continues to have trouble at the plate (which looks like it could happen considering he is only 1 for 12 so far).

Now I don’t mean to get everyone’s hopes up, but Adam Dunn has 4 RBIs in 11 at-bats, including a home run. It is too early to make any assumptions, but hopefully he continues to see the ball well so he can contribute throughout the season.

Although a starting week of 2-6 is not ideal, what is important to remember is that Spring Training is rarely indicative of how a team will fare in the regular season. Many are on the roster that won’t be there opening day and the players,as well as the rookie manager Ventura, are all getting settled into this new team. Sox fans will remember that in 2005, the team had a very poor pre-season only to hold first place all season and eventually take home a World Series Championship.

Even though it is a lofty and unrealistic goal, hopefully we can see a similar level of success this season.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texans will have a draft pick announced from outer space

Kobe Bryant on if he misses basketball: ‘No, I don’t’

Jay Cutler's agent: QB has no plans to retire

Projected first-round pick Gareon Conley accused of rape

Jamaal Charles reminds teams he’s still available

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Raiders to announce draft picks from ‘Las Vegas’ sign

Riley nearly wrote Dan Gilbert-like letter when LeBron left Heat

Seahawks GM says Marshawn Lynch, Raiders ‘still talking’

Damian Lillard: Beating Warriors has become an obsession

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

Watson warns teams against picking Trubisky over him

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Box Score 4/25: 'So long, sleeves'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: David Fizdale and the Grizzlies won't go down quietly

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker