The Chicago White Sox had a big sweep over the Kansas City Royals this weekend.
A lot of people like to talk about the Chicago White Sox and the fact that they have beat some lesser teams this season. As if they shouldn’t be proud of their American League Central-leading record of 26-15 just because they beat the teams that are put in front of them. The fact that they swept the last-place Kansas City Royals is not something to frown upon. In order to be an elite Major League Baseball team, you need to be able to defeat the worst teams most of the time.
The White Sox completed four straight wins against the Royals in four very different ways. Yesterday’s was filled with plays that were exciting for White Sox fans as the team tried to get that much closer to clinching the playoffs.
Dallas Keuchel started for the White Sox and he was very good once again. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the White Sox offense was on fire in this game. Every player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit except for Luis Robert who was able to draw two walks and score a run. It was a perfect balance of everything you need to win a baseball game.
The reason this sweep means big things is because of what this followed. They won the first game of their previous series against the Minnesota Twins but then lost two straight. They need to figure out a way to be able to beat those guys but getting back on track after their two straight losses were very important. This is still a very young team that has a long way to go before they are complete in their development.
Don’t let anyone tell you that sweeping a team like the Royals is insignificant. It is hard to sweep any series against any Major League Baseball teams. The White Sox still have a lot to learn against the elite teams in the league but they have been getting wins against the teams they should beat. When you look around the league, all of the elite teams take care of business against the bad teams.
The White Sox have a day off on this Labor Day. It is good that they have a day to rest and get focussed on the last 19 games of the season. It starts with a two-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow. This is another short series against a last-place team that the White Sox should defeat. Hopefully, they are able to continue to have good habits and get ready for the bigger series that follows.