It’s amazing how in just two weeks, so much can change for a major league baseball franchise. Go back to May 13th and all seemed lost and the fan base was preparing for a potential fire sale in late July.
Now fast forward 14 days and the White Sox have evened their record to .500 and fans are starting to talk about what this team might need to add to be able to compete with the Detroit Tigers.
The last time the White Sox were at .500 was on April 10 when they were 4-4. That was also the last time they were as high as second place in the standings.
But White Sox fans need to take a step back and take a deep breath and really take a hard look at what this latest surge in the win column really means.
In that time span, the White Sox haven’t played a very good schedule. They have played only one team with a plus .500 record in the Boston Red Sox.
While the south siders celebrated over a weekend sweep yesterday, did they forget it was over what could be baseball’s worst team in the Florida Marlins?
But I also give the south siders credit because they beat who was on their schedule.
The month of June is going to be the key to the whole 2013 season as they play five teams with losing records and can gain a lot of ground on division rivals.
But there are things that still really concern me about this team such as if Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko still produce in the middle of this lineup. I keep hearing talk that Konerko is showing signs of life this month and his bat is starting to come around. But in the month of May, he’s only hitting .244 and what is really scary is he has hit just one home run this month. So I have to ask this question: Paul, is the back still bothering you?
Then there is Dunn, who was hitless in his past 17 at-bats before he went deep yesterday. He said, “It seems like we get one or two guys going and the rest of us kind of don’t swing the bats well. We’re playing good baseball, but we’re just not getting the offensive production that we’re accustomed to getting.”
Then you look at the starting rotation and the question starts and finishes with the health of staff ace Chris Sale. The lefty missed his last start against the Red Sox with a sore left shoulder. With a violent wind up and a small body frame, his sore shoulder has to keep Ventura up late at night.