It’s real early, but the Sox look great. They polished off the Rays on Sunday, winning 6-1. They took 3 of 4 from Tampa Bay and improved their record to 6-3. I think we all know they should have won all 4 games, but a couple of miscues allowed the Rays to steal one.
I was really happy when the Sox resigned Paul Konerko. I didn’t think he would repeat last seasons 39, 111 effort, but I know what he brings to the clubhouse, and that is invaluable. He is the official or maybe unofficial speaker for the team. Good or bad, Konerko always talks. And i mean talks, I know that from experience having held a mic to him for almost 20 minutes early in spring training. The players, management and fans love their longtime first baseman. Anyhow, I may have been wrong, maybe Konerko can repeat last seasons monster effort. Through 9 games Konerko has 3 homeruns and 11 RBI. Last year through the same amount of games, Konerko had 3 and 7. His average is at .400 this year, .216 in 2010. As the Captain he sure leads by example. He is also the 2nd White Sox player to be named AL P-O-W. Quentin won last week, Konerko, this week–although he had to share the award with Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians.
Nice effort by Gavin Floyd, who gave up only 1 unearned run in 8 innings of work. He was never really in trouble as he won his first game of the year. Tony Pena corrected what ever ailed him, throwing a scoreless 9th.
Couple concerns: Carlos Quentin, who got off to a blistering start, only had 1 hit in 12 abs .vs the Rays. I’m interested to see how he responds to a little adversity. AJ Pierzynski was only 3 for 15 .vs the Rays, but did have all of his hits in last 7 at bats.
You know you’re nitpicking when that’s all I see that is wrong. I will note how much better this season feels. Remember last year, the Sox were 4-5, but, to me, looked worse than that. This year they sit at 6-3, and appear to be getting better.
I know it’s early, but I like to get excited.