You would figure after losing six of seven to the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox would roll over and die, especially with their most productive hitter hobbling around on one leg and the team heading to the most dreaded city imaginable – Minneapolis.
Instead, the White Sox found some stellar pitching performances and enough offense to make the sweep look legit as they took all three games from the Minnesota Twins this weekend.
Zach Stewart was a pleasant surprise on Saturday and you can never tell what you’re going to get from Jake Peavy, but he delivered his second-best performance of the year on Sunday as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep, gaining a game on the division-leading Detroit Tigers this weekend.
Still 5.5 games back, the White Sox have plenty of work left to do, but the confidence they gained this weekend can vault them toward the type of run they need to make to make noise in the Central.
Alex Rios appears to have found a comfort zone at the plate with five hits in his last nine at-bats, including this long ball.
The White Sox have a little swagger as they continue their road trip, visiting Baltimore and Kansas City this week.
If the offense gets in a groove, things can get very interesting very quick in the A.L. Central.