Saturday, May 26, 2012

White Sox 14 Indians 7: This Offense Is Just Insane Right Now

I've been doing a lot of joking about it on Twitter, but seriously, ever since Orlando Hudson joined the starting lineup on Tuesday, the Sox have outscored opponents 40-18 in four games. Even though he's only driven in 1 of those runs, I feel like that's enough for him to be mentioned in the MVP race.

Or, if not Orlando Hudson, maybe Paul Konerko.

Just another ho-hum day from Konerko on Saturday, as he went 4-for-4 with 3 doubles, 2 RBI, a walk and 3 runs scored. He'd have scored 4 runs but Brent Lillibridge came in to pinch run for him in the eighth inning.

It's Memorial Day weekend and Paulie is hitting .396, which is the best average in all of baseball.

And it's not just Paulie.

Alex Rios had 3 hits today, including a home run, but he would have had 2 home runs if Michael Brantley hadn't climbed the wall to rob him of one in the first. Then there was a diving catch by Shin-Soo Choo to rob him of extra bases in the fifth.

Dayan Viciedo homered for the third straight game, as he's raised his average to .265 and he's looking like a shorter version of Frank Thomas.

Everybody on this team is hitting right now. Everybody. And it's fun as hell to watch.

Jake Peavy had a horrible day, allowing 7 runs in 6.1 innings, but it didn't matter. Still, this is the second straight home start for Peavy in which the Sox have staked him to a big lead and he's blown it. He did it with a 6-0 lead against Detroit, and today he had a 4-0 lead after the first inning.

I have no idea what that's about, but I'm not overly concerned about it yet.

The Sox now trail Cleveland by only 1.5 games in the division, and we still have a chance to gain another game on them Sunday. A sweep of the Indians would be a great way to celebrate a holiday weekend.


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