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There is plenty of hand-wringing going on about attendance numbers at U.S. Cellular Field in the South Side of Chicago, but the White Sox offense hasn't given people anything worth cheering about recently.
The Chicago White Sox have lost their hold on the AL Central and now they are now two games behind the surging Detroit Tigers with just six contests left on the schedule. Most casual observers are looking to the stands and complaining about the lack of support for a team still in the playoff race, but the real story is still on the field. The White Sox offense has been awful during the month of September, and the team hasn't been playing anything close to playoff-caliber baseball.
The brilliant Jim Margalus of South Side Sox has taken the time to re-frame the issue, and he notes that Sox baseball has been incredibly hard to stomach (let alone watch in-person) over the last few weeks:
"Attendance should be an afterthought with the Sox losing eight of 10 and posting these numbers in September:
- Hitting .194 with runners in scoring position.
- 2-for-30 with the bases loaded (with two double plays)
- 0-for-14 with runners on second and third.
- 6-for-42 with runners in scoring position."