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Thursday, July 01, 2004
Sweepage

Last Friday, the Sox had just lost a game to the Cubs, after Jon Garland had looked unhittable in the early innings of that game. The loss, and a Twins win the same day, pushed the Sox to a season-high 3 games back. The sox were mired in a three week stretch where didn't play good baseball, and it showed up in the form of losses in the standings. Meanwhile the Twins were busy playing one of the weakest schedules in baseball.

Since that Friday, the Sox have won 5 in a row, against some damn good pitching (Zambrano, Maddux, Silva, Radke, Santana), hanging a loss on each of those starters. It wasn't just waiting it out until we found a week bullpen pitcher to pick on either, we attacked good right-handed starting pitching. The Twins countered our 5 game win streak, with a 5 game streak of their own, dropping two to Milwaukee before getting swept at home vs. the Sox, including wasting a brilliant performance today by Johann Santana.

It looks as if the Sox engine is starting to click on all cylinders. If they can go into Wrigley this weekend, and take 2 out of three, or even a sweep, they may be able to gain enough momentum to carry them through the rest of the season.

In 2000, the surprise White Sox had a 7 game road trip in June vs. division powerhouse Cleveland Indians and World Champion Yankees. The result was 2 sweeps, and the sox coming back home 7.5 games up on the Indians. They used the momentum from that trip to carry them the rest of the way home, finishing with only a 3 game lead on the Indians. Right now, the Sox are in the meat of their schedule, with series vs. Cubs, Twins, and Cubs again. 6 games into the the stretch, the Sox sit at 5-1, and at the gates of a great opportunity to really get rolling. Here's to hoping they can build from this sweep.