Saturday, July 28, 2012
White Sox 5 Rangers 2: One Hundred Down, Sixty-Two To Go
I don't know if there's some kind of voodoo spell the White Sox hold over the Rangers right now, but this is not a result I was expecting. No, when you take a pitcher who has an ERA over 6.00 like Phil Humber this season and make him face a Rangers lineup in Texas, good things generally don't happen.
When you consider that Humber is up against Matt Harrison, a pitcher that's dominated the Sox, it only makes you more pessimistic.
Then when you replace Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez with Jordan Danks and Eduardo Escobar, it's supposed to be a sure thing.
Instead Phil Humber goes out and allows only 1 run on a solo shot by Mike Napoli over 6 innings. Sure, he along with his defense at times got himself into scary situations, but he and the defense also got themselves out of some scary situations as well.
It's now reached the point where I have no idea what to expect from Phil Humber, and you shouldn't either. He's the epitome of fifth starter right now.
The majority of the Sox damage on offense came from Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn. I tweeted this afternoon that those two were 3-for-24 in their careers against Harrison. Tonight they were 3-for-8 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI.
The win put another game between the Sox and the Tigers, as Detroit lost earlier in the day and the Sox lead is now at 2.5 games. Cleveland lost as well, so the Tribe are now 5.5 games back.
The win also means that the White Sox will be looking to sweep the two-time defending American League champions for the second time this month tomorrow.
All these things that aren't supposed to be happening just keep happening.