Thursday, April 28, 2016


Don't look now, but the Chicago White Sox (destined to be in the Cubs' shadow virtually no matter what they do...) have lit things up in the early going, coming close to matching their best 22-game start. (Their 16-6 mark prior to their 10-2 loss tonight to the Orioles matched the starts of several notable Pale Hose teams--most notably the 2005 World Champs, the 1919 not-exactly World Champs, and the 1973 star-crossed Dick Allen squad.)

This team is thus far doing things the way their 1964 counterparts did it--by playing and winning a lot of low-scoring games. The 2016 Sox are 9-3 in games where both teams combine to score six runs or less, more than 50% of their games thus far. The 1964 Pale Hose, who won 98 games finished just one game behind the New York Yankees, led the AL in low-scoring games that year (80) and posted a league-best 51-29 record.

Good as the Sox starters have been (or, shall we say, three stellar starters in Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Mat Latos), the bullpen has simply shut down everyone they've faced thus far (1.32 ERA).

They will need to keep that up...because, frankly, the offense is looking very creaky. While Jose Abreu is certain to get things going after a slow start, this is a very undistinguished lineup and they actually project to score fewer R/G than what they're producing thus far.