Chicago White Sox: Tie win total from all of 2018 with a month left
The Chicago White Sox won their 62nd game of the season with a little bit less than a month to go in the regular season, showing an upward trajectory.
The Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-1 to split the series with them. Cleveland is in a Wild Card race, so they can’t be happy with how this series has gone but the White Sox should be thrilled. They earned their 62nd win of the season which matches their win total from all of 2018 and there is just under a month left to go. This team is getting better and the results are showing.
Reynaldo Lopez pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout after having one of the worst starts of his career last week. It is good to see that he was able to rebound after such an awful performance but that has been Lopez in 2019. It has been up and down but since the All-Star break, it has been more ups for him.
Tim Anderson added another two hits in this game, bringing his batting average up to .332 and that is good for the top spot in the American League. He is in the race for the batting title now and he has taken tremendous strides towards being an elite hitter this year. He has been great for the team and a guy that the White Sox are going to include as part of their core for a long time.
Yoan Moncada, Welington Castillo, and Danny Mendick also each added two hits for the White Sox and Eloy Jimenez, Yolmer Sanchez, and Adam Engel had one hit apiece. The seven-run breakout by the offense combined with the brilliant performance by Lopez on the mound has earned the White Sox an impressive win.
Every win the White Sox accumulate from here out will be that many games of an improvement over last year. They are not going to make the playoffs but they are living proof that things are going well as an organization. An improvement over this year in 2020 will likely spell playoffs for the White Sox and that is the beginning of what they believe will be sustained success. Exciting times are ahead, and an improved team in 2019 is what they needed to be and that is what they are.