Sox in Ist, 9 Games over .500, Wow. posted by Richard Kagan
People are talking about the Mets being the surprise team of the Majors in the first half. Well, what about the ChiSox? Led by a manager who has never worked in minors or majors, Robin Ventura, the storied former third baseman for Chicago, took helm of the team, and let them breathe. Perhaps, Ozzie Guillen didn't work anymore with the team, and they needed a new face. That, and an improved Adam Dunn HR production (25) and a fine year from Alex Rios who is hitting around .312 with a high slugging percentage, and a breakout year from starter Chris Sale, who is leading the league in ERA with a .229 ERA, plus or minus a few points, and you've got an improved team.
Getting Kevin Youkilis, the third baseman from the BoSox in a trade may be the heist of the year. Youk has alread found a place with the Sox faithful. All you have to do his hit a few Hr's, and drive in runs. He has done this. His 2 run HR'er were all the runs Gavin Floyd needed as he earned his 7th win. The Sox have won 5 straight and are playing well at home. Now they have a new guy at the keystone position has has a few WS rings won with Boston.
It helps that Dayan Viciendo, A.J. Pierzynski, and Paul Konerko are hitting for power and driving in runs. Pierzynski is just 2 HR's short of his career high and we have half a season to play. Jake Peavy is pitching with command like he did in his CY Young days. You've got a team that is a for real contender in 2012. Don't forget Phil Humber's perfect game earlier in the season. Humber got roughed up after that outing and has been on the DL. Here is hoping he can regain his form.Continue reading "Sox in Ist, 9 Games over .500, Wow."