Sweeping the Detroit Tigers was a must for this Chicago White Sox team.
The Chicago White Sox are absolutely supposed to be able to defeat a team like the Detroit Tigers in a four-game series. All credit to Detroit because for the most part so far this season, they have been able to show a lot of fight despite having a very bad roster. You can’t always expect a Major League Baseball team to sweep another Major League Baseball team but the White Sox really needed it here. They did the deed as they took all four from the Tigers this week.
The White Sox got to face some good young pitching prospects like Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize while pitching one of their own top prospects in Dane Dunning. The Sox also saw guys like Dylan Cease and Lucas Giolito play very well to help them get the wins they needed.
For game four of this series, the White Sox absolutely dominated the Tigers. Giolito had the stuff that made him one of the six best pitchers in the American League last season. They also saw more of the same from guys like Tim Anderson and Eloy Jimenez in this game as both of them really had some success this week.
The reason sweeping them was so important was because of where they were before the series. Chicago had been an up and down team up until Monday as they had an 11-11 record going into it. This much better than a .500 ballclub so beating a lowly Detroit team as often as they can is really important. There are going to be much tougher games as the season goes on so racking up wins here is necessary.
Now, they have a much tougher task as they head across town to play the Chicago Cubs. They aren’t that good of a team but their record says they are. There are a lot of warts on that roster over there yet they keep finding ways to win. Credit to them for that, but the White Sox should be able to exploit the Cubs’ issues that they have. This is a big test for the mindset of the White Sox who has a lot to play for this weekend.