The White Sox are back to square one. After taking 2 of three from the front running Tigers, the Sox came back to lose 2 of 3 to the last place Royals. I’ll get to John Danks in a sec, but one question, will the Sox ever retaliate after being hit by pitches? 5 Sox were plunked in the 3 games in Kansas City, 3 in Wednesday’s finale. The Sox took the high road, only hitting one guy. There was a time, not so long ago, when you hit my guy, I hit yours. I realize everyone in all buddy-buddy, but come on, knock a guy on his ass. This Sox team is a very emotionless bunch, maybe a brawl would do them some good. I personally would like to see Adam Dunn wringing some guys neck. I would assume that might alleviate some of his frustrations, and it might invigorate the team. It didn’t, and won’t happen. They’ll Just keep doing what they’re doing–jeez.
John Danks looked awesome. After missing nearly a month with a side injury, Danks looked better than when he left. He struck out 6, while throwing 7 scoreless innings. Danks, in my eyes is the best the Sox got, and he proved it tonight. I don’t care about records, Danks stuff is nasty, and only getting better. He may not have a Cy Young, or a perfect game, but he can be so dominant. He should have won his 4th game of the year.
Sergio Santos has faced only 2 batters since the All-Star break and is 1-2. He blew away Mike Moustakas in game one, but took 4 pitches to lose the rubber game. His wild pitch allowed KC to score the game winner. All the work the Sox pitchers did, ruined in 4 pitches. Wild pitches happen, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be frustrated.
The Sox may have scored more than the one they got on Carlos Quentin’s home run, but they kept bouncing in to double plays. They ended up with 4 on the evening, giving them 90 this year, 2nd worst in the AL behind the Angels.
Just listening, but I got the feeling that the Sox TV announcers don’t like Bruce Chen much. After Steve Stone pointed out that Chen has pitched for 10 teams, Hawk said that he’ll probably pitch for a few more before he is finished. I don’t know about them, but I think Chen has developed in to a pretty good pitcher. He has allowed the Sox just 2 runs in 14 innings this year. He won’t overpower guys, but he knows how to pitch.
The Sox managed 11 hits in the last 2 games of the series. Juan Pierre now has an 12 game hitting streak, while Gordan Beckham’s 10 game streak is over.
The Sox will go only as far as Paul Konerko will take em. That’s not how General Manager Kenny Williams expected the team to be, but Konerko has been the one bright spot on an otherwise spotty Sox offense. Unfortunately, the Captain only had 1 hit in 12 at bats in KC. Coincidentally, the Sox lost 2 of 3.
The Sox did catch a break, as the Tigers and Indians both lost their games. As I sit, the Sox are 4.5 games out of first. They are in great position, but will they ever find the consistency to overtake both teams. What’s even more shocking, is the half game lead they hold over the Twins. Minnesota just won’t die.
Sox have a great chance to make up some ground on one of the top teams as they get Cleveland for 3 games. It’ll be the first series in Cleveland since the opening one of the season.
Let’s see if the Sox can rock and roll over the Indians.