Palehose Pennant Push: White Sox Vs Twins Edition

Joseph MoroniContributor IAugust 11, 2010

CHICAGO - AUGUST 10: Starting pitcher Freddy Garcia #43 of the Chicago White Sox reacts after giving up a home run to the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Everything was coming together perfectly, both teams tied, playing each other six times in the next week with a pennant race within grasp. I for one was confident that the White Sox could either sweep the series, or at least win two out of three. Now it looks as though the Twins may in fact be the team that comes away with a series victory.

Big game Freddy? more like a big fly Freddy.on a hot humid night, Freddy Garcia allowed five runs over 2 1/3 innings of work before being removed from the game that was won 12-6 By the Twins. Four of those runs were scored on home runs by Joe Mauer, JJ Hardy, and former White Sox slugger Jim Thome. there have been questions all season about how much the White Sox were going to be able to get out of Garcia this season.Over his last two games,he has an earned run average of 7.00 in only nine innings of work. this is troubling because it could mean that Garcia is starting to let his age and diminished velocity show on the field, and his effectiveness has been being affected.

Starting pitching has been a huge part of White Sox baseball since the 2005 season. The pitching staff again this season has been instrumental in the team's success. with the injury to Jake Peavy, more pressure was put on the other starters, it seems as though Garcia has been the most affected. The fact that the White Sox went out and got a starting pitcher in Edwin Jackson at the trade deadline  shows that the organization is at least taking out an insurance policy in case one of the starters can't get it done. Jackson is 1-0 With a 1.38 since coming over from the Diamondbacks. The rest of the starting staff after struggling out of the gate has been stellar over the last month and a half. The two biggest stars have been tonight's starter John Danks, and tomorrow night's starter Gavin Floyd. Both starters have been very steady over the last four starts, and Gavin Floyd has been almost unhittable for about two months.If the offense continues its success over the next few weeks, the team has a great chance of staying in the pennant race or even winning the division.

As far as the offense goes, the White Sox are in a little bit of a mini slump.After scoring 23 runs against the Tigers in a four-game series, the Sox only managed to score 10 runs in four games against the Baltimore Orioles, who have the worst pitching staff in the American League. However in last night's game they did manage to score 6 runs and had 12 hits in a 12-6 loss. The offensive struggles during the Baltimore series may have been more of a fluke than anything else. In any case the offense has to stay away from long periods of struggles if the White Sox expect to win this division.

This all-important series between the Sox and the twins continues tonight. This game is important because the Twins are a team that you can't get too far behind of in the standings. They seem to have that killer instinct when they smell blood in the water. The important thing for the White Sox is that they are at least tied with the Twins going into Minnesota next week. Winning this series would go along way towards that goal as the White Sox will be playing the struggling Detroit Tigers at home to close out this six-game homestand.