The Chicago White Sox are sitting pretty after a win over the Minnesota Twins.
Dane Dunning started yesterday for the Chicago White Sox and it was a really good game for him. He doesn’t have the stuff that guys like Dylan Cease or Michael Kopech have but he is able to go out there and just throw strikes. That is what he does and does well which is why he seems to be a mainstay on this staff going forward. He pitched 7.0 innings and gave up three hits, one earned run, two walks, and struck out seven.
Jace Fry and Matt Foster held the pitching down for the rest of the game and the White Sox were able to secure a big win over the Minnesota Twins. It was an awesome performance all around by the pitching staff and the same can be said for the offense. The two MVP candidates, Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson led the way with three hits apiece. James McCann along with Anderson was each able to hit home runs as well which helped secure the win.
A lot of people liked to rip on the White Sox for having a lot of success against weaker teams going into this series (as if you should be ashamed for taking care of business against weaker teams) but they have silenced everyone so far. They are now 4-4 against the Twins who of course then have the same record against the White Sox. Meanwhile, the Sox went 9-1 against the lowly Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins went 5-5.
After all of that, the White Sox are sitting pretty. They should at a bare minimum split the final two games of the series as Lucas Giolito is on the mound tonight and Dallas Keuchel will be tomorrow. The win last night moved the White Sox to 32-16 which is a full three games better than the Twins who fall to 30-20. There is no doubt that the Twins are a good team but it might finally be time to admit that the White Sox are the best team in the division.
It was a big game because of their opponent but they are also now down to a magic number of two. If they keep finding ways to win baseball games, regardless of their opponents, they should be able to do a lot more than just clinching playoff berths.