Throughout what is becoming a very memorable season for White Sox fans, we've gotten used to a consistent everyday lineup. There's De Aza in the leadoff spot, Youk in the second hole, Dunn hitting third, Paulie fourth, Rios fifth, A.J. sixth and so on.
But skipper Robin Ventura has realized, and rightly so, that maybe an adjustment or two needed to be made with Konerko on the sidelines. So, Ventura came up with a new look last night with Dewayne Wise hitting second, Rios third, Dunn fourth and Youkilis fifth.
Did it work?
Well, the bottom line is that it resulted in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays--albeit helped by a Henderson Alvarez error on a pickoff attempt. And Wise came through with an RBI single that tied the game from his new spot in the order. But if the truth be told it's too early to tell if this order will click with Paulie out as the South Siders collected just seven singles.
What doesn't seem too early to tell, is the pitching of Jose Quintana. He was one of the key stories last night along with a clutch performance by Brett Myers against the dangerous Edwin Encarnacion and the fact that once again the Sox showed resilience by coming back from a 2-0 deficit. Consistently saddled with meager run support, Quintana is now 5-2 with a fine 2.77 earned run average.
Whatever lineup the Sox choose to deploy, with or without Konerko, it's really going to be up to Quintana and pitching mates, both in the starting rotation and in the bullpen, as to how far the Sox can go--as it is for virtually every team, every year.
For the Sox, so far, so good.