Heyman: White Sox's ongoing struggles suggest La Russa wasn't the issue

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For the second year, observers have been left scratching their heads as to what is sinking the Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox have stumbled out of the gate, sitting at 7-15 through Sunday’s action. They’ve yet to win consecutive games this season, and early signs suggest it could be another frustrating season.

This wasn’t supposed to happen again. The White Sox underachieved last season, finishing 81-81, but ultimately played their best stretch of baseball when Miguel Cairo, not Tony La Russa, was managing. After Chicago replaced La Russa with Pedro Grifol in the offseason, the expectation was the talent on the roster would be better positioned to live up to its capabilities.

Some of it can be chalked up to injuries, but the White Sox have fallen well short of that bar thus far. In his weekly appearance on Mully & Haugh, Audacy MLB Insider Jon Heyman said he’s not so sure La Russa was the problem.

“Normally you look at Memorial Day to try to figure it out, but this has been going on for more than a year at this point with a team that was underachieving," Heyman said. "We thought last year … maybe La Russa was the issue, but at this point I don’t think so. I think there’s something going on with the roster that is not right. They need to shake things up a little bit.

“The injuries are certainly a major factor in this, but this has been going on too long at this point in my mind. Normally, like I said, Memorial Day, but the fact that it has been going on more than a year, I think they’ve got to look at it right now.”

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