Some teams just have other teams numbers. Kansas City plays their best baseball against the Chicago White Sox. This past weekends 3-game sweep wasn’t a shock to me because–read my first 7 words of this paragraph.
The Royals have now won 5 of their past 6 games against the South Siders, and they still have 6 more games to play.
And it wasn’t like the Royals faced the back end of the Sox rotation. They beat Chris Sale and Jake Peavy in the first 2 games. Combined, Sale and Peavy sport a 23-13 record, but 5 of their losses have come to the pesky Royals. They didn’t pitch badly either, it’s just the Royals pitched, and hit better.
How much do Rockie fans hate Jeremy Guthrie? The guy was dog meat in Colorado, but now he is hall of fame material, at least against the Sox. His only 2 starts against them this year have been phenominal. 15.2 innings, 8 hits, 11 strike outs and 2 unearned runs. He took a no hitter into the 7th on Sunday.
Welcome back Paul Konerko, who went yard twice this weekend. Konerko, who sat out the last week after suffering a concussion against these same Royals, looked like he hadn’t missed a beat.
And congratulations to Adam Dunn, who belted his 400th career home run in game 2. That was also Dunn’s 35th of the year, vaulting him back into the A.L. lead.
I wonder if Dunn will help out the kid that jumped into the fountains at Royals stadium in an attempt to retrieve the historical ball. He doesn’t have the ball anymore, but did get a trip to the pokey.
I hope it’s nothing to worry about, but Alex Rios is in his first slump of the year. Rios is 2 for his last 30. His lone home run and 3 RBI all came in the same game. Rios’ average is now down to .301, the lowest it’s been since late June.
Dayan Viciedo isn’t driving in a ton of runs, but he is reaching base. He is on a 10-game hitting streak. .256 in his first year of big league ball isn’t bad, but you know one of these years he is going to explode.
I wonder if the Sox will continue to bat Gordon Beckham in the 9th spot.
The man can’t seem to hit that low in the lineup. He is hitting .185 from the 9th hole, but .250 or better from the 1st, 2nd or 8th spot. Coinciding with Youkilis arrival to the Sox, Beckham hit .188 in July, and is at .182 so far in August.
I know Kevin Youkilis is the #2 hitter, but maybe they can move him around a bit. It isn’t like he’s been hitting the cover off the ball lately. He has a .231 BA in the 8th month, so far.
Even with being swept the Sox still maintain a 1.5 lead over the Tigers. However, things won’t get any easier as the Sox now get to entertain the N.Y. Yankees the next 3 days. They’ll be followed by the improving Mariners. Then it is 7 road games at Baltimore and Detroit.
Doesn’t appear the Sox will be able to back into a playoff spot.