Throughout this season, the White Sox veteran pitchers (Vazquez, Buehrle, Contreras) have been struggling, and the young pitchers (Floyd, Danks) have stepped up.
But now, the tables are starting to turn. The veteran pitchers are returning to their old form at a very important time, as Danks and Floyd are beginning to struggle.
Mark Buehrle continued his dominance over the Texas Rangers tonight, and in his past 10 starts has reduced his ERA by over 1.00 run. He improved to a 10-3 record over Texas, about a year after his no-hitter.
Buehrle pitched 7.1 innings (it would've been more, but Ozzie wanted Nick Masset to get some innings pitched to boost his confidence) with zero walks, one ER, and three K. He threw 91 pitches, and 59 of them were strikes.
In Buehrle's past ten games, he has a 6-2 record, 72.1 innings pitched, 44 strikeouts (compared to 13 walks), and a 2.00 ERA. Today was especially emotional for Buehrle, whose been on three days of rest due to his grandfather's passing.
The White Sox bats have finally started to heat, with Thome reaching base four times, Swisher hitting a three-run homer, Jermaine Dye having three hits, and Alexei Ramirez hitting his first career grand slam.
The Twins are struggling against the Yankees, and the more wins the White Sox can get out of bad oppositional pitching, the better.