White Sox strive for more consistency

Chicago attempting to contend for postseason spot while relying on young players

White Sox strive for more consistency

CHICAGO -- The story of the 2015 White Sox would be defined as consistent inconsistency.

They sweep three straight from the American League West-leading Astros, only to lose eight straight. They win seven in a row on the road over the Indians and Red Sox, only to lose five of six following Tuesday's 11-3 setback to the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I was just talking to some family about that. It's been a rollercoaster," said leadoff hitter and center fielder Adam Eaton of the season's up-and-down nature. "Consistency hasn't been on our side for more than 10 games at a time, 11 games at a time.

"A good team is consistent. We need to find that consistency sooner rather than later. That's really going to dictate our season and whether we're successful or not."

Finding that consistency is not as easy as it might seem for the White Sox. While they have plenty of accomplished veterans making contributions, they also are trying to win and reach the postseason with young players such as Carlos Sanchez, Tyler Saladino, Avisail Garcia and Carlos Rodon playing important roles.

Garcia has been the focus of scrutiny because of his power outage, although he homered for the first time since June 8 in the ninth inning Tuesday, not to mention an uneven defensive showing in right field. But people also forget that this campaign is Garcia's first full big league season.

Saladino, meanwhile, was mired in a 5-for-30 slump after a strong start upon his arrival from Triple-A Charlotte before hitting a homer and a single on Tuesday.

"Yeah, that's a good example of a guy that's up here now," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "People are getting a little more information on him, and he's having to make adjustments. Again, it's not always just as easy as you're going to ride it out and think it's always going to be like that. So, he's going through that right now, but he's been making great adjustments.

"There's a certain amount of patience and pushing all at the same time that you realize what you're doing with these guys, and you have to weather a couple of storms that might not go so well. You want believers when you come to the park and you're playing. You want guys to believe in what they're doing, what we're doing, all that stuff. And that's part of coming in here as a group and believing in it."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.