A combination of a long, much-needed vacation and a stretch of indifference on my part to the performance of our Chicago ballclubs has kept me from blogging for a while.
But, the possibility that the White Sox are emerging as a real postseason candidate has me back. To be clear, I still don't believe the White Sox look like their ready to win anything, but something unmistakably is stirring on the South Side, and I think it's lights-out pitching from both the starters and the bullpen. The Sox' pitching staff is so good that they can afford to trade one of their best starters or recent weeks, Edwin Jackson, for another bullpen arm, Jason Frasor.
More importantly, the Sox' staff is so good that they seem able to win games with minimum offense, not unlike the San Francisco Giants did last year (as well as this year). The team has won five of six games, giving up only 12 runs in that span, while scoring an underwhelming 22, many of the latter coming on homeruns like tonight's two-run shot by A.J. Pierzynski that spelled the difference in a 3-1 victory over Boston.
The offensive problems are still there, with Adam Dunn reaching base, but still not really hitting, Alex Rios having apparently lost his starting role and Gordon Beckham keeping his job mainly on stellar fielding.
The Sox are finally at .500, and only three games back. So, why does it feel like more?