Halfway through last week, there were people talking down on the Chicago White Sox because of the way they were winning games. They were destroying a lot of bad teams which isn’t the same as beating good teams. Well, they knew the next stretch of games was going to be tough as some good teams were on the horizon. They have answered the bell in a fantastic way.
The Chicago White Sox can absolutely beat good teams no matter what.
It started last week with the Toronto Blue Jays. They took two out of three against them and the only game they lost was one where the White Sox gave it away. Then, they swept the lowly Detroit Tigers who are one of the bottom teams in the American League.
In beating a team like the Blue Jays, the White Sox needed their pitching to step up. They were able to mostly keep the high octane Blue Jays offense quiet. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is trying to lead the league in home runs and maybe even win an MVP. The White Sox didn’t allow him to do much. It is great to see them contain guys like that. Following that series, they knew things were going to be tough against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tampa came to Chicago with the best record in Major League Baseball. The White Sox, with the second-best record, took two of three from them. They also passed them in the standings by half a game for the best overall record in the league. The first game in this series, unlike the loss in Toronto, was one where the Rays just won a highly contested game. They deserved it.
The second and third games were games where the White Sox earned a victory for themselves over a very good team. Winning the series is huge for this team as they look to take the next step as an organization. They are doing these things without some of their star players due to injury or illness which is nice.
Taking two of three from both Toronto and Tampa Bay with a Detroit Sweep in the middle is exactly what elite teams should do. You need to hold your own against the other great teams and beat up the bad ones. That is how you end up with a 90-plus win season.
Things aren’t going to get any easier anytime soon. The White Sox are about to head out on a road trip. They are going to start with a four-game series with the Houston Astros on Thursday. They are a team with high expectations as far as playoff runs so you know it is going to be a battle. Hopefully, this series win over Tampa allows the White Sox to keep it up as they head down to Texas.