I expected better results in the 3 games just played between the White Sox and Indians, but it just didn’t happen.
Got good news before game 2 when MLB announced that Jake Peavy was named AL pitcher of the month. It was well deserved for Peavy, who threw 2 complete games, one shutout, and looked almost as dominant as when he pitched in San Diego.
It’s been quite a year for Phil Humber. He throws a perfect game a couple weeks ago, and on Tuesday he welcomed a new addition to his family.
You could tell he was was jacked up in his start on Wednesday. He walked 6 Indians, and pitched out of a series of jams all night. You can just see him maturing as a pitcher. A year ago he would have gone after 2 innings. This year, even with all the trouble he got himself into on Wednesday, he pitched 6 innings.
Adam Dunn is enjoying his second foray through the American league. He blasted 2 home runs in as many days, and now has 7 on the year. He is two back of the lead in the AL, and 5 back of leading all of baseball. Dunn is also hitting .247.
Also a great home stand for Gordon Beckham, who hit .500 with a home run, 2 RBI and a stolen base in the 3 games. Beckham came into the series against the Indians hitting .190.He left hitting .203. To some, that isn’t much, but for Beckham you can start to see progress.
I wonder what’s up with John Danks. I have never seen him hang as many pitches as he is this year. He left one up to Jason Kipnis, who must have thought it was a grapefruit on a tree because he crushed it for a 3-run home run.
Danks ERA is a whopping 6.50, and he has allowed more than 4 earned runs in his past 3 starts. I get the feeling he is trying to live up to his big contract he signed in the off-season.
Don’t like to see Jesse Crain get hurt, but it is nice to see Dylan Axelrod back with the team. Axelrod was dominant in Charlotte, fashioning a an ERA just over 1 with the Knight’s. I think he earned a spot during the spring, but the numbers game forced him down.
Sounds shocking to say this, but Paul Konerko didn’t get one hit during the past 3 games. Someone’s going to pay for that.
The Sox are sitting in 3rd place in the Central Division, but they can make some hay over the next 7 days when they take to the road, facing the Tigers and 1st place Indians.
After facing the Indians 7 times over the next 20 days, the Sox won’t see the Tribe again until late September.
Let’s do some damage now.