Did Someone Lose Their Sox? Chicago White Sox Playing Out of Character
These certainly are not my Chicago White Sox. Someone apparently has done some laundry.
After tonight's win against the Cleveland Indians 11-4 in seven innings with Cliff Lee starting, the White Sox are above .500 for the first time since May 2 when they were 12-11. They are 8-2 in their last 10 games and 9-3-1 in their last 13 series.
Nothing like playing the National League to get an American League team back on track. Of those nine series wins, the National League provided five of them including the team with the best record in baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It is getting harder and harder for the White Sox to become sellers if they continue to play like this. With Jermaine Dye and Octavio Dotel on the last year of their contracts, the White Sox would seem forced to move them before the trade deadline.
Scott Podsednik playing the best baseball he has since 2005 would be another target for playoff contenders.
However, the White Sox are becoming playoff contenders with each win. The White Sox, as of now, are tied with the Minnesota Twins for second in the AL Central, four games behind the Detroit Tigers.
The Laundry Detergent
The Old Guys (last 10 games)
Jermaine Dye raised his average from .270 to .294 (16/36, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R).
Scott Podsednik (15/44, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 3 SB)
Paul Konerko (10/39, 4 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)
Anthony John Pierzynski (12/40, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R)
Gordon Beckham's last 10 games are showing he is more than a John Cena look-alike.(13/31, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 1 SB)
Alexei Ramirez's last 10 games are showing he is more than a...I know nothing that looks like Alexei.
(14/40, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R)
Chris Getz recently broke out of an 0-for-22 slump and is 6-for-11 with three RBI, three runs, and a stolen base in his last three games.
Josh Fields suddenly smells competition at his position again and has gone four for his last eight with three home runs, four RBI, and five runs.
Jayson Nix is even showing some promise in this Cleveland series. He is 2-for-5 with two runs and a stolen base.
Brian Anderson since June 18 is 9-for-31 with three RBI, and three runs. That is plenty from a guy who provides great center field work.
The Dry Cleaners
John Danks has given up six earned runs in his last 28-and-one-third innings pitched while striking out 26 and walking eight.
Gavin Floyd has given up nine earned runs in his last 58-and-one-third innings pitched while striking out 46 and walking 15.
Since coming back from his stint in the minors, Jose Contreras has given up seven earned runs in 29-and-one-third innings while striking out 21 and walking just four.
Buehrle has been up and down in his last five starts, posting a 4.32 ERA during that period. Not bad, but with the way Buehrle has thrown (7-2, 3.26 ERA) that is up and down.
Clayton Richard, who may still be adjusting to being a permanent starter, has hit a rough patch as of late.
In Richard's first 28-and-two-thirds innings as a permanent starter in the rotation this year he gave up 12 earned runs giving him an ERA of 3.77 which is perfect for a young, developing pitcher in the fifth starter spot. In his last five outings, including tonight's, Richard has given up 14 earned runs in 23 innings, giving him a 5.48 ERA during that stretch.
Richard pitched well tonight, however, giving up three of his four earned runs trying to get the last out in the sixth (which ended up being the last for the White Sox).
He struck out Kelly Shoppach with the bases loaded and one out, but gave up a bases-clearing double to Asdrubal Cabrera before getting Grady Sizemore to ground out. Richard gave up just four hits and one walk in his six innings of work while striking out six. A great outing if not for one pitch.
Even with Richard and Buehrle being iffy in each of their last five starts, the White Sox were 6-4 during them showing how well their offense has been producing.
Bobby Jenks has given up one earned run in his last seven innings pitched picking up a win and five saves while striking out 10 and walking one.
Since being called up Aaron Poreda, the White Sox top pitching prospect, has thrown five innings out of the bullpen giving up no earned runs on just four hits and one walk while striking out six.
D.J. Carrasco, the forgotten White Sox relief pitcher, has given up just two earned runs in his last seven innings pitched while striking out five and walking two. In fact, if it weren't for one bad outing in Milwaukee where he gave up four earned runs, Carrasco would have given up just three earned runs in 16-and-two-thirds innings in June.
These three have made things easier on Matt Thornton and Octavio Dotel who had rocky Junes. Thornton had a 5.06 ERA while Dotel had a 6.08 ERA. Their pitching woes should not last, however.
If the White Sox keep this up then they'll be shopping for some new socks instead of throwing out the old ones come the trade deadline.
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