The White Sox did exactly what they wanted to do, and that is take 2 of 3 from the Cleveland Indians. Through the first two games, it looked like the Sox were trying emulate the early Yankee teams. 1-9 the Sox are doing everything they said they were gonna do in the spring: Hitting with power, with RISP, situational hitting, stealing bases and playing strong defense.
I guess you could nitpick by saying the Sox gave up 10 runs after building a 14-0 lead in the opener, but think about it, the Sox led 14-0! They would have won 20-0 if they remained focused.
And the pitching has been above average, as well. The starters have been solid, not spectacular, just solid. The bullpen has been excellent. (forget game 1), the exception being Will Ohman. Ohman now has an ERA of about 27.00. He didn’t look good in the spring, and he looks worse right now. Phil Humber, a great guy, got lit up in his first appearance of the year. Chris Sale, Sergio Santos and Matt Thornton look nearly unhittable. I think Tony Pena will find his stuff soon, as well.
The guy I feel bad for is Alex Rios, who blistered the ball at least 5 times in the 3 game series, only to see every one of them get caught. He average is .000, but those line drives will start finding holes soon enough. Alexei Ramirez is off to a slow start, as usual. Like he always does, he’ll find his swing right around May. Every one else is hitting close to 300 or better, including Carlos Quentin, who had a hit in all 3 games. a couple other player did as well, but Quentin is important because the more confident he gets, the more pitchers are going to pay. Quentin is a real thinker, so him more than anyone else had to get off to a good start.
Now it’s off to Kansas City to face a Royals team that has won 3 in a row after losing their season opener.
Talk to you soon
PS: Nice triple play Cleveland