White Sox haven’t lost sight of lofty goals

CHICAGO — The following statements aren’t excuses in regard to the underachieving White Sox but statements of fact following their 5-1 loss to the Cubs before a sold-out crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday night.

Center fielder Luis Robert, one of the team’s best overall players, once again was out of the White Sox lineup on the COVID injured list. General manager Rick Hahn believes Robert will return by next weekend’s series at the Rays at the latest.

Third baseman Yoán Moncada was sidelined with a left quad issue, while left fielder Eloy Jiménez departed his first injury rehabilitation game with Triple-A Charlotte after two at-bats Saturday due to right leg soreness and is now day to day.

Are the White Sox a bit undermanned? Definitely, but then again, so are many Major League teams. And the White Sox are too good to be so inconsistent offensively, as they fell to 22-23 overall and stayed five games behind the Twins in the American League Central.

Their record is only three games better at this point than the Cubs (19-26), who are in some form of a rebuild. The results might not be there regularly, but the South Siders’ confidence has not waned.

“We never have a doubt in ourselves and the talent we have in this clubhouse,” said White Sox third baseman Jake Burger, who had three hits, including a home run on National Hamburger Day. “Eventually it’s going…

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