Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Returning home


Jun 29, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox designated hitter

Jose Abreu

(79) hits a single to score a run during the third inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The past 11 days have been unusual for the Chicago White Sox with some wins, a lot of losses and even a change or two on the roster, with all 11 days spent on the road.

In that span of time the White Sox had a five-game losing streak and a current three-game winning streak as they ended up 4-7 in 11 road games in 11 days.

The roster change was Scott Downs being designated for assignment, while Eric Surkamp was recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

Jun 29, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher

Jake Petricka

(52) and first baseman

Paul Konerko

(14) celebrate with teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday was also the first time the White Sox shutout an an opponent all season, taking them 83 games to do so as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-0.

The White Sox have also have went to a closer by committee with the low production this past week by Ronald Belisario, and others in the bullpen. If anything else this past week the bullpen was finally put on notice, but is it too late for it to matter?

It was a strange week to say the least.

Now the White Sox will host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three straight games, as this series will wrap up 16 consecutive games in 16 days. The streak of consecutive games began on June 17 at US Cellular Field when the White Sox won two straight against the San Francisco Giants.

The series with the Angels will be the start of a six-game home stand with the Angels in Chicago from Monday-Wednesday, followed with three games against the Seattle Mariners on Friday-Sunday.

Heading into tonight’s games the White Sox are five games under the .500 mark with an overall record of 39-44, as they are fourth in the AL Central.

Here are the current AL Central standings after Sunday’s games:
Detroit Tigers (44-34), Kansas City Royals (42-39, -3.5), Cleveland Indians (39-42, -6.5), White Sox (39-44, -7.5), Minnesota Twins (37-43, -8.0).

This is another big week for the White Sox with the Angels having an overall record of 45-35 and the Seattle Mariners at 44-38, now we just wait and see what happens.


In other White Sox news:

• Here are the MLB standings before Monday’s games.

Jose Abreu hasn’t ruled out the home run derby writes the official White Sox web site.

• The Chicago Sun-Times writes about how Abreu isn’t slowing down.

Paul Konerko‘s final season in MLB is living up to expectations reports the Chicago Tribune.

• ESPN Chicago (via the Associated Press) had an article on Sunday’s win over the Blue Jays.

Tyler Flowers played well Sunday as CSN Chicago writes.

• Here are mid-season MLB awards by Bleacher Report.

• FanSided’s Call to the Pen picked their AL All-Star selections.

• Da Windy City, a FanSided all-Chicago sports site, gave their view of the White Sox shutout win on Sunday.

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