Chicago went 3-7 on a three-city trip and entered the break at 45-49—not the record the White Sox envisioned after adding ace Bartolo Colon this winter to an already powerful lineup.
“It was a pretty ugly first half, but there’s still time,” Frank Thomas said.
Chicago is seven games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.
Chicago has a .245 team batting average and has scored 393 runs. Only the Tigers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays have scored fewer.
None of the new players has made a significant contribution thus far.
Alomar is hitting .229 in nine games with the White Sox. Everett has a .243 average with no home runs and one RBI over that stretch.
Colon has been the biggest disappointment. The hard-throwing righty is 6-8 with a 4.14 ERA in 19 starts.
Colon is 0-3 with a 5.26 ERA in his last six starts. He is 8-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 career starts against the Tigers.
Detroit has the league’s worst record at 25-67 and is on pace to lose more than 100 games for the second straight year. The Tigers are last in the majors in runs, batting average and on-base percentage.
Despite its dismal record, Detroit has won five of eight.
STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 26 GB, AL Central. White Sox - 2nd place, 7 GB, AL Central.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Mike Maroth (4-13, 4.89 ERA). The young left-hander went 3-2 with a 3.78 ERA in his last five starts before the All-Star break. The 27-year-old Maroth went 5 2-3 innings, giving up four runs and 10 hits in a 5-3 loss to Boston on July 11.
WHITE SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Colon (6-8, 4.14 ERA). Colon gave up four runs and 11 hits in six innings of a 4-2 loss to Detroit on July 9.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 6-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - 1B Carlos Pena is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts lifetime versus Colon. … RHP Adam Bernero was traded to the Colorado Rockies on Sunday for C/OF Ben Petrick. Bernero was 1-12 with a 6.08 ERA in 18 games this season. … Maroth is tied with teammate Jeremy Bonderman for the most losses in the majors with 13. White Sox - 1B Thomas is four home runs shy of 400 for his career. He needs 17 hits for 2,000. … 1B/DH Paul Konerko is batting .197 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. He hit .379 with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs by the All-Star break a year ago. … RHP Esteban Loaiza pitched two scoreless innings as the AL beat the NL 7-6 in Tuesday’s All-Star game at U.S. Cellular Field.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 13-32 on the road; White Sox - 26-18 at home.
INJURIES: Tigers - OF Bobby Higginson (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL; IF Dean Palmer (shoulder/neck), 60-day DL. White Sox - LHP Kelly Wunsch (strained left side), 15-day DL.