It wasn’t always pretty and it sure wasn’t consistent but the White Sox have one back-to-back series for the first time since early April when they took three out of four from the Tampa Bay Rays . It seems as though the offense is starting to figure things out and over the last three games especially, the pitching is starting to gain consistency.
Earlier in the week as the White Sox were playing the Twins, the offense was quite potent in the first two games scoring 6 and 7 runs respectively. However, in the third game, they were only able to put up one run as the starting and relief pitchers combined to give up 20 runs to a Minnesota team that was three games under .500. But the important thing to take from that series, is that the White Sox won two out of the three games, and in a weakened American League Central Division, this is an important development.
The White Sox spent most of the first few months of the season losing two out of three to most of their opponents. With the offense and the pitching starting to improve over the last three games,there are still question marks when it comes to the fifth starter. The White Sox attempted to make a trade to rectify this situation when they tried to acquire pitcher Jake Peavy from the San Diego Padres. Peavy declined the trade because of what many feel is his preference to not pitch in the American League, and especially in homerun friendly US Cellular Field.
With Bartolo Colon currently occupying the fourth spot, it may be time for the White Sox to look for another option whether it be bringing someone up from the minors, or making a move. The White Sox need to rectify the current situation on the back end of the bullpen. During the weekend series against the Pirates, Clayton Richard, Mark Beuhrle, and Gavin Floyd combined to allow 1 run in the three games. However, the combination of Octavio Dotel and Bobby Jenks gave up the lead as the White Sox ended up losing the third game of the series 4 — 3.
A lot of good things came out of this weekend series. Alexei Ramirez hit home runs on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, and Brian Anderson hit a two-run home run while going two for four with two RBIs and two runs on Sunday afternoon. If these two guys begin to hit the ball like they can, there is no doubt that the White Sox offense will improve. Hopefully the pitching will continue to go like it has been going aside from that 20 — 1 loss on Thursday afternoon. It is only a matter of time before Carlos Quentin begins to hit the way he did last season and Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye have been nothing short of consistent for most of the year so far. Paulie was unable to find his homerun stroke early on in the year and he is beginning to find it right now.
As the weather begins to get warmer our power hitters will probably start to come around. With this much potential firepower and a pitching staff with the potential to go on a big run, the White Sox are by no means out of the playoff race. The White Sox currently sit in fourth place in the American League Central with a record of 19 — 24 and they are 5 1/2 games behind the Detroit Tigers for first place. Next up for the White Sox is a road trip in which they will travel to Anaheim for a three-game series starting tonight to face the second-place Angels, and then travele to Kansas City to take on the upstart Royals for a weekend series starting on Friday. John Danks will take the bump tonight against Ervin Santana for the Angels.