The Giants and White Sox are streaking into the final month of baseball, both on extended winning streaks while extending their leads in their respective divisions. It’s kind of amazing that both teams are on winning streaks despite facing different adversities.
The Giants lost one of their best players in Melky Cabrera, but maybe he was weighing them down? The Giants have gone 6-2 since losing Cabrera, and went from trailing the NL West by 1/2 game to leading by 3 games over the desperate Dodgers. The Dodgers may soon be known as the Red Sox West as they look to complete a 9-player deal that would send a lot of bloated contracts to the West Coast.
Over here in the Midwest, the White Sox have been able to maintain a first lead despite only having their starting line-up on the field for 5-games over the last 3-1/2 weeks. Paul Konerko was out for a week, A.J. Pierzynski was out for a week, Alex Rios, Kevin Youkilis have been in and out of the line-up with nagging injuries, and finally the Sox lost their table setter De Aza to a back injury.
With Kenny Williams not missing a beat with key pick-ups like DeWayne Wise, the Sox have been able to continue their quest for the playoffs and an AL Central crown. We should not forget they’ve done all this without their number one starter, John Danks for most of the season.
This type of play by the Giants and White Sox is what makes me believe that they have what it takes to go deep into the playoffs, plus the Sox have a 6-3 record against the Rangers and 5-2 record against the Yankees this season; their main competition this post season.
The Giants and the White Sox may be on a crash course to face-off in the World Series, but I’m getting ahead of myself as September can be a long a month. One day at a time, but things are heading in the right direction and I’m loving every minute of it.