Friday, April 22, 2005

12-4, 'Taint So Bad

Well, since Wednesday and my last post, the Sox beat Detroit, and beat Detroit again, and got on a plane to KC, a team against which they went 13-6 last year (16% of the Sox's total victories last year). But we all know that past performance does not guarantee future results. The Sox actually get the "top" of the KC rotation, facing Run, Elvis, Run, Zach Greinke in the first two games. But hey, if we win the first two like we always do, Denny Bautista goes on Sunday to prevent the three-game sweep.

And despite "Ozzie Ball" or "Smart Ball," or whatever you want to call it this week, the Sox offense has been dominated by the long ball again thus far. They are second in the American League in home runs (20), and 32 of their 71 runs (45%) have crossed the plate via the home run. The walks are still low (25 in 16 games), and the OBP is abysmal (.288). This is still a home-run based offense.

Luckily, the Sox's pitching has been dominant - allowing 3 runs or fewer in 8 of the 16 games. The result is that, despite the anemic offense, the Sox are 12-4 and atop the AL Central by two games.

This is the best start since Jimmy Dykes' 1935 White Sox, who were an interesting team in their own right. They started 13-4, then made it to 17-7 before falling back a bit. They peaked at 51-37 on July 31, and were only 3.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers. By August 16th, however, it was all over. They were 53-50 and 13 games back, having suffered a 2-13 stretch. They finished 74-78, meaning that they went 23-41 in August and September.

The '35 Pale Hose, however, were the opposite of the '05 team. They came out of the gates with a great offense, scoring 106 runs in those first 16 games (6.6 runs per game) - 2 runs per game more than the '05 version. The also allowed 77 runs, almost 5 per game in its own right.

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