Friday, July 27, 2012

White Sox 9 Rangers 5: Right Back Where You Started From

It was last Friday that the White Sox were 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers heading into a three game series in Detroit. They'd be swept in that series, but here we are again, 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers.

And they got there on a night when Chris Sale looked absolutely terrible.

Honestly, I don't know how to feel about Chris Sale's start. It's obvious that he's tired, as his fastball failed to meet even 90MPH for the majority of the evening, and he had real trouble locating his slider. Still, despite all of this, Sale was able to get past a 4-run first inning and shut the Rangers offense down.

So should we be worried about Sale's obvious fatigue, or incredibly relieved to know that he can stop such a potent offense when he has absolutely nothing to work with?

It's not an easy question to answer, at least not for me.

I was happy to see Sale able to work through it all, but I'd still rather see him throwing 94 and just overpowering hitters.

What there's no question about is how nice it is to see the White Sox continue scoring runs even without the benefit of Twins pitchers standing on the mound. Coming into the night the Rangers had a 3.68 ERA, which is the fourth-best mark in the American League.

That didn't stop the White Sox from putting up another 9 runs on 10 hits. That means the Sox have scored 35 runs in the last four games. When you're averaging nearly 9 runs a game, you're going to win more often than not.

Of course, it's not all good news.

Alejandro De Aza had to leave the game after a collision with Alexei Ramirez in short center field as they both went after a pop up. Ramirez stayed in the game and would hit a home run, so we know he's fine, but we don't know anything about De Aza right now.

We just know that losing De Aza for any period of time would be a tremendous blow to the offense, as he really does get things going at the top of the order.

So let's just hope he's bruised and not battered.


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