There have been so many disappointments in the White Sox lineup, it effectively cancels out the surprises from the pitching staff. Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham all MUST step up their games for the Sox to continue to contend. Paul Konerko's back is beginning to hurt from putting the team on his back day-in, day-out. If it weren't for A-Gon going crazy in Boston, Paulie would be my leader for the AL MVP up to this point.
Another kid needing more playing time is Brent Lillibridge. He makes spectacular plays on defense and is evidently the only guy capable of working a pitch count besides Konerko. Somebody has to come out of a slump soon, right?
What is there to say about Phil Humber. The dude wasn't even supposed to make the squad, but now is the Sox best bet for a quality outing. John Danks has turned things around for the better, but was recently sat down with an oblique injury. Sergio Santos seems to have righted the ship after a rough week were he got hit hard nightly. If the bats (especially Adam Dunn) can start backing up the pitchers, look out.
The Verdict: 87-75, first place