How Much Fun is This?: Part 2

How Much Fun is This?: Part 2

Break up the White Sox!  Sox 12, Indians 6.

The Numbers: A sweep over the first-place Indians moved the White Sox to within 1/2 game of Cleveland...The Sox scored a total of 46 runs in their last four games, including the finale against the Twins, and outscored the Tribe, 35-16, in the three-game weekend series...It is also the first time the Sox have scored nine or more runs in four straight games since June of 1938...The South Siders have now won nine of their last 10 games and five in a row.

The Lineup: Paul Konerko, as hot as anyone in baseball with his major league-leading .399 batting average, has led the way. He went 2 for 4 with a homer, four RBIs, a walk and two runs scored in today's game. He now has 11 homers and 33 RBIs. Paulie, however, is just the leader of the rejuvenated attack as everyone is pitching in big-time. Alex Rios had his best game in a Sox uniform yesterday and continues to produce. Dayan Viciedo has turned up the volume as we hoped he would. Adam Dunn continues his comeback with 15 long ones and 35 RBIs. A.J Pierzynski, who didn't play today, is having his best season in the majors.  Alejandro De Aza has been superb in the leadoff spot and with summer coming Alexei Ramirez is heating up with five hits in his last two games. Happy to say that Gordon Beckham in on his way back, evidenced by his 4 for 4 performance (plus a walk) this afternoon. And even newcomer Orlando Hudson drove in a pair of runs in today's contest.

Key Factor:  Apart from the fact the Indians were without Travis Hafner for the entire series and Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana for the final two games, the Sox avoided facing the Tribe's outstanding backend of the bullpen--setup man Vinnie Pestano and closer Chris Perez--because of their huge run output. Many in baseball have said this is the game's best bullpen so we dodged the bullet on that one.

Next: The Sox take their potent offense to St. Pete to face the A.L. East-leading Tampa Bay Rays (tied with Baltimore) in a three-game series...It will be Chris Sale (5-2, 2.50) vs. Matt Moore (1-4, 5.07) on Monday afternoon, Philip Humber (1-2, 5.80) vs. the tough James Shields (6-2, 3.63) on Tuesday night. The Sox haven't announced their starter  for the Wednesday matinee, but it looks like it will be Jose Quintana. Alex Cobb (2-0, 2.25) will go for the Rays.

 

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