The Sox quietly won three series during a West Coast road trip that has notoriously buried them in the past, then they came home, split a series with Texas Rangers, and took game one from the first place, Cleveland Indians, last night at US Cellular Field. Jake Peavy turned in the type of performance Sox fan’s have been longing for since his signing two years ago. Injuries have sidelined Peavy most of his White Sox career thus far, but last night may have been the start of something special.
Peavy pitched a complete game shut out, where he allowed only three hits while walking none and striking out eight. The Sox lone run came from Juan Pierre getting a lead-off double off Justin Masterson that lead to a sacrifice fly from Adam Dunn. Jake took care of things from there keeping the Indians’ hitters off-balance the entire evening. This feels like the start of a run for the Sox and I see them back in the hunt by June 1, as their schedule gets easier as the year progresses.
In fact, they have the best August and September schedule for home games of any of the AL Central teams which is one of the reasons that ESPN and I picked them to win the AL Central. Playing a majority of the games at home during the last two months of season while getting the two longest road trips out-of-the-way in April and May set things up nicely for the White Sox.
Let’s talk best case scenario regarding offensive numbers for Adam Dunn, the fact that he’s only hit four home runs could lead to a post mid-May explosion where he hits 30-plus home runs between now and September. That would make winning a lot easier for the Sox. At this point last season for the Nationals, Dunn had nine homers, 10 doubles and 18 RBI’s. His stats at this point for the White Sox are almost identical except for his home run productions being down by five, but he’s also played in three fewer games for the White Sox at this point. He’s driven in 17 with 10 doubles and four homers. Not too shabby.
Still, the biggest news is Jake Peavy performing well after this second outing from “Jake Peavy” surgery. GO SOX!!!