Originally written by Morris Daily Herald Staff Writer Mark Johnson.
If I were to pick MLB's division winners today, I don't know that I would pick the White Sox in the AL Central. They're still 8 1/2 games out, after all. But I feel they have as much a shot as anyone.
Their strange path through the first 2 months of the season hit perhaps its biggest high point to date early this week when they swept the Red Sox. In Boston. Sure, a cynic might say, they beat another team that had been awful early in the year. That's true, but the Red Sox had really turned things around until Chicago came to town. They had climbed all the way to the top of the AL East, and prior to facing the White Sox, they were winners of 13 of 15. Yes, their wins against the Cubs do count.
After playing some decent baseball in mid-May, the White Sox had been scuffling prior to going to Boston. They'd lost 5 of their last 7, including their last 3 in Toronto. Hitting is the main reason they turned it around; Chicago scored an average of 8 runs in its 3 games in Boston. I don't think Brent Lillibridge's Babe Ruth imitation will last, but I also don't think this is terribly fluky. This will be a good offense if it ever gets Adam Dunn and Alex Rios going.
Obviously Sox fans are starting to worry if that's ever going to happen. They've also got to be worried about John Danks, who suddenly looks like the least deserving of a rotation spot among the 6 guys that currently own them. I think Danks is too good to just demote, but another couple of bad starts might convince me otherwise. Otherwise I'd ride the 6-man rotation until someone gets hurt, Phil Humber comes back to Earth or Edwin Jackson struggles a little more.
This article was originally published at http://www.morrisdailyherald.com/blogs/entries/2011/06/02/70546339/index.xml.
It has been republished for LetsTalkWhiteSox.com with the permission of the Morris Daily Herald and it's author, Mark Johnson.