This season for the Chicago White Sox has been one that resembles a see-saw or even a roller coaster because there have been ups and downs and there have been many twists and turns, and it is only mid-May.
Will the real White Sox please stand up?
In all honesty, I believe the real White Sox are a team that is a mix between the team that was disappointing in April and the team that has been winning the past couple weeks, though once this team puts the power hitting together with their pitching and situational hitting … the rest of the AL better watch out.
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Since the White Sox hosted the Detroit Tigers on May 5, they’ve played a total of 12 games, winning nine of those. Two of the wins were against the very good Detroit Tigers, but the rest of the wins have come against teams that are currently below .500 in the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Oakland Athletics.
In fact, the White Sox have won their past five games, including a three-game sweep in Oakland over the weekend, so it has been exciting to watch the “Good Guys” win for a change. (Baseball is fun again!)
I want to ask everyone else … is this current five-game winning streak the shot in the arm the White Sox needed, or is this just a result of playing bad baseball teams and winning the games they should win in the first place?
I’m going with being the shot in the arm needed.
May 15, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche (25) high fives first baseman Jose Abreu (79) after both were batted in on a double by right fielder Avisail Garcia (not pictured) during the seventh inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
This week will go a good ways in showing who the White Sox are because they host the Cleveland Indians for four straight, then the Minnesota Twins over the upcoming weekend. The White Sox last played the Twins on May 1-3 in Minnesota, where the visitors were swept.
Besides the wins, what is good to see is the White Sox are scoring five or more runs in six of the past 12 games, earning a 5-1 record in those six games. There were times in April where the White Sox really struggled to score runs, but maybe all of that is in the past.
Being at .500 with a 17-17 record, it is now time for the White Sox to really begin what they were assembled to do in 2015, and that is to dominate with pitching and to score runs.
The White Sox front office didn’t spend all they did to be just a .500 team and to defeat teams with losing records, but winning is winning, so there are no complaints about that.
This upcoming week, as mentioned before, will be really interesting to watch, because it could set the tone for the remainder of the month. With the White Sox being just five games back of the first-place Kansas City Royals, anything is liable to happen with this ball club.
Be excited, White Sox fans, because maybe the corner is about to turn in favor of the White Sox and we are all about to witness some exciting baseball for the remainder of the season.