This article was originally written by Morris Daily Herald Staff Writer Mark Johnson.
Time to make some hay, White Sox.
After hitting their 11-22 low point on May 7, the Sox had a pretty good month. They went 19-11 before losing 7-4 yesterday to the Mariners, who avoided a sweep. At 30-34, they're close to getting their heads back above water, and with the Indians back to Earth, they're certainly in the AL Central race, currently 6 games back.
Yet the Seattle series, and yesterday's game in particular, kind of fit with how things have gone for the Sox the past few weeks. Things have gone OK, but they could certainly go better. They beat Michael Pineda and Felix Hernandez on Monday and Tuesday, but couldn't get the job done against Jason Vargas in Game 3 ... though Vargas and Gavin Floyd were well out of the game when it was decided.
It's been that kind of stretch for the Sox. They'd been rolling heading into late May; then they lost 2 of 3 to the Rangers and 3 of 4 to the Blue Jays. They rebounded to sweep the Red Sox, in Boston; they promptly lost a series to, in my world, their biggest challenger in the division, Detroit. The Seattle series started so well, and it ended on a down note ... and Jake Peavy got hurt, to boot.
Tonight the Sox start a 4-game home series with Oakland, which is in disarray. Embattled A's manager Bob Geren was finally fired today after the team lost its final 9 (yep, they've been even worse than the Cubs of late) games under him. Mark Ellis and Brett Anderson were just placed on the disabled list; the latter might need Tommy John surgery (and as an Anderson fantasy owner, I wish they'd figure out if he does or not). Oakland is 8 games out in the mediocre AL West.
This is a series and an opponent of which the Sox could badly stand to take advantage. Tonight's the key game, as Mark Buehrle draws A's ace Trevor Cahill. With a road trip starting next week in Minnesota, now would be a great time for the Sox to win 3 of 4, at least, and continue their ascent up the standings.
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