Anyone Seen The White Sox Offense?

Runs continue to be a rarity at U.S. Cellular

After seeing his offense flail away miserably on Wednesday night against Zack Greinke, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen thought it would be smart to move Dewayne Wise out of the lead-off spot in favor of Chris Getz.  Well, if one game is any indication, it doesn't matter who the Sox have at the top of the order.

They're not going to score any runs.

After getting shutout and held to three hits on Wednesday night, the Sox were only able to muster four hits and one ninth inning run as they fell to the Royals 2-1 on Thursday afternoon.  That means that through three games the Sox have managed to score only five runs, and three of those came on one swing from Jim Thome.

Take that at bat away and the Sox are hitting .188 so far on the season with two runs. 

The good news is that the pitching staff has been fantastic through the first three games of the season.  Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and John Danks have combined for 18 innings and allowed only four runs.  The bullpen meanwhile has pitched nine innings and have allowed only two runs.

Unfortunately those two runs came in the form of a home run off of Bobby Jenks in the ninth inning on Thursday and won the game for the Kansas City Royals

The question now becomes whether or not the offense will wake up and not waste any more strong pitching performances this weekend against the Twins.  The Sox were hoping to reinvent their offense this season with more speed in the lineup in hopes of manufacturing more runs and not being so reliant on the home run.

That's all well and good but White Sox fans probably wouldn't mind seeing those home runs again, whether there are runners on base or not.

Along with writing for NBCCHICAGO.com, Tom Fornelli can also be found contributing at FanHouse, SPORTSbyBROOKS, and his own Chicago sports blog Foul Balls

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