It would seem the Chicago White Sox had to come back down to earth at some point, but even though the series was lost against the Toronto Blue Jays, plenty of positives still continued to happen for the first place Sox. First among them… well it’s obviously that your Chicago White Sox are somehow in first place in the central division. That’s a feat in itself when you think about it. Despite losing two of three to the Jays, the Sox are still 7-3 in their last ten games. Jake Peavy pitched brilliantly in the finale of the series after overcoming a rocky first couple innings.
The bullpen continued to do the job that we’re all getting used to on the Southside. Matt Thornton. Nate Jones. Addison Reed. All three pitched one inning, gave up one hit, and zero runs. They got the job done. It’s really a great sign when nine times out of ten (and even if that’s not a literal stat, you know it feels that way) your bullpen can back you up and nail down victories for you. This was especially necessary in the finale as the Sox took a 3-3 tie all the way to the ninth inning when Orlando Hudson knocked in the winning run.
Now you may notice, I’m not focusing on the earlier part of this series. No, for once, let’s not go with the negative. We can all be optimistic sometimes, right? If I have to put my foot in my mouth I will, but this season has been so unexpected already, I’m totally buying into this team and this will serve as a testament to that happiness as a Chicago baseball fan. And we all know that doesn’t happen enough…
Next up, the White Sox are taking on some National League foes. The majority of these games, the Sox should be able to coast through. The Los Angeles Dodgers might give the team some problems, but this is going to be a great measuring stick for the rest of the season. If the White Sox can hang tough with the Dodgers, and even the St. Louis Cardinals, this will spell great things for the rest of the season.
Not only are the Sox becoming a dominating force in the American League this season, but also they could be capable of taken down some of the National League’s prized teams. And of course, the Sox always do well in interleague play, so let’s not deviate from history here. Don’t be surprised if you see another sizable streak here this month. With series lined up against Milwaukee, the Cubs, and Minnesota to close out the month, the Sox could enter July at the top of the food chain. Or they could just … well I said we’re not thinking negative today. Fans all around should enjoy this present moment, and watch patiently to see if it turns into something more.
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