The South Siders seem to be a team that could make some noise in the wide-open American League. Okay, so it’s ridiculously early in the season, but after going 4-2 over the opening home stand – punctuated by Dayan Viciedo’s solo home run blast into the bleachers in left – it appears as though the White Sox have a decent chance of dethroning the Detroit Tigers as AL Central champs.
On Sunday, all 7 runs were scored by the long ball, and on Saturday the Sox beat Felix Hernandez in balmy early-April conditions. The weekend put them in position to have a stong start to their 2013 campaign. While Chris Sale didn’t put together as dominant performance as he did on opening day, the offense bailed him out and the bullpen stepped up to get the Sox to Viciedo who didn’t miss his first pitch, making it the first walk off of the season for the Sox.
The Sox have to be optimistic as they travel to Washington where they won’t have to face the Nationals’ Strasburg, who was roughed up yesterday and will not appear in the series. Today’s match-up of Jake Peavy vs. Gio Gonzales is perhaps set up to be the best game in baseball with the two teams off to a hot start. The warmer weather could contribute to an explosion of offense from both clubs.
The White Sox will face a real challenge this week with the road trip. After the Nationals, the Sox face the Indians. These games should provide a good measuring stick to help the fans judge the strenght of the starting rotation and consistency of the bats against good pitching. The Nationals have one of the best starting rotations in baseball and the Indians bullpen is one of the best in the AL. It will be interesting to see what the Sox record looks like after this week.