If preseason rankings are to be believed, then I have no business writing this column. The White Sox were picked by almost anyone with a column, blog or microphone to finish towards the bottom of the AL Central, Sports Illustrated had them losing 90 games, and the thinking in their own city was that they would be lucky to finish .500.
But here we are in the last week of May and the White Sox are sitting half a game on top of the division after winning their seventh straight game Tuesday night. They are starting to find their identity as a team and have exhibited a quiet confidence over the last two weeks. Simply put, they have shown signs of being able to contend for an entire season.
Paul Konerko is putting up ridiculous numbers, Jake Peavy is throwing like it's 2007, and Adam Dunn has appeared to find his home run swing again. Throw in an improved bullpen, the maturation of Dayan Viciedo and Gordon Beckham, and something special just might happen on the south side of Chicago this year.
Want a few more reasons on how and why the White Sox could win the AL Central? Lucky for you I have six of them right here.
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