Expectations were high yesterday afternoon after the dramatic events of Monday night.
So much for momentum.
An errant throw by Gordon Beckham in the fourth inning that prevented the White Sox from turning a routine double play resulted into a 4-0 Indians lead--a lead that the Sox couldn't overcome against a pitcher named Corey Kluber in the 4-3 loss.
The bottom line? Our bats have been silent, our pitchers walk too many batters, the defense has been shakier than earlier in the season and the Sox have lost their division lead with eight games to go:
White Sox 82-72 Detroit 82-72
While the South Siders still have a fighting chance, the big question that comes to my mind is that if we can't beat Corey Kluber, how are we going to defeat the stellar Tampa Bay staff with James Shields, Matt Moore, Jeremy Hellickson and Rays' Cy Young candidate David Price?
I know, I'm getting ahead of myself. Before the four-game series with the Rays this weekend we've got one more at home against the Indians tonight. It'll be Hector Santiago vs. Justin Masterson as the Sox play the first of eight games for all the marbles.