As we approach the first turn of the season, though I suppose it should be at 40 but everyone seems to use 60 games as the "we now know something about this team" number. Anyway at 60 games, we have a pretty good picture of what this White Sox team is. All the joy and excitement about how MUCH better this team is from last year is a bit too over the top. They are better and I agree with Chris Rongey that I don't see multiple losing streaks of eight or more like last year. But I also don't see them putting together long winning streaks either. Case in point: A sweep of the Indians followed by losing two of three to the Padres. And both of those series were proceeded by a split with the Yankees. Depending how the schedule and such shake out the White Sox will hover around .500 all year. Is that good enough for a playoff spot? doubtful. Of course if the injury bug isn't done, all bets are off.
Best Offense Performance, Single Game: Paul Konerko
Well how about that for the captain? A home run and a two-run double in four at bats. Nice to see Paulie have a good day and was pretty much the offense for Sale's win.
Best Offensive Performance, Series: Alexei Ramirez
Not a lot to choose from here. Alexei did manage to get on base in every game, in the first two by getting hits. Uncharacteristic of Ramirez in the third game, he got on base twice without getting a hit or an at bat. The rare Alexei walk made an appearance and somehow a man with no girth got hit by a pitch.
Best Starting Pitcher: Chris Sale
The only win of the series, the only pitcher needed. Efficiency at its finest. A cool 100 pitches in a complete game, no walks, nine strike outs, all in 2 hours and eight minutes. I love to be at games like that. I eat less and get home sooner, but still got to go to the ball park.
Best Relief Pitcher: Daniel Webb
Kind of the best of the worst here. Webb pitched 2.2 innings and didn't give up a run, he also had 3 walks and one hit in those innings. Scott Downs also blanked the Padres, but it was for only a third of an inning.
Worst Offensive Series: Adam Dunn
The Big Donkey did not have a good time with San Diego. One hit in eleven at bats and uncharacteristically only one walk. The five strike outs are pretty standard, but never pretty.
Worst Pitching Performance: Andre Rienzo
Andre has been pretty decent since being called up for the injured Felipe Paulino, but Saturday was not. In only 3 and a third, he gave up seven hits and two walks, for 3 runs, 2 earned.
Sign that Ed Farmer is Clairvoyant: DP Call
Game two, top seven Ed says, "how about a strike him out throw him out double play?" Sure enough, next pitch, strike out throw out to end the inning. Nice call Ed.
Scariest Facial Hair Decision: Chris Sale
Sale's mustache kind of looks like a caterpillar.
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