Tip of the Cap to the White Sox Hitters

The Cardinal Nation has every reason to be upset over the way the Cardinals have lost to the Chicago White Sox the last two nights. But, how much of it is poor pitching by the Redbirds and how much is excellent hitting by a very, very, very hot White Sox team?

Here are a few factoids to consider:


  • The Sox have scored eight or more runs in each of their last six contests.

  • The above is a White Sox franchise record, covering 105 seasons of Sox baseball and over 16,000 team games played.

  • They have scored eight or more runs in eight of their last ten games.

  • They have scored eight or more runs in ten of their 19 games in June.

  • The Sox lead the major leagues with 130 runs scored and 6.8 runs per game in June and have posted a .307 (209-for-681) team batting average.

  • They have recorded 13-plus hits in six straight games (16.3 per game) and are hitting .352 (135-for-384) with 90 runs scored over their last nine (10 per game average).

  • Before facing the Cards, the Sox slapped the NL Central's second-place team, the Cincinnati Reds, around to the tune of 28 runs over three games.

  • At 26-10, the White Sox own the best home record in baseball and have won 25 of their last 32 home games.


Of course, that means a significant number of individual players are standing out, too:


  • Thome (1st, 23), Dye (T4th, 20) and Konerko (T8th, 17) rank among the American League Top 10 in home runs.

  • Thome and Konerko (T2nd, 59) plus Dye (T9th, 54) also rank among the AL Top 10 in RBI.

  • A.J. Pierzynski is seventh in the AL in batting average at .326 and Konerko is tenth (.324).

  • Thome is tied for second in the League in runs scored with 58 and Tadahito Iguchi is tenth with 52.

  • Scott Podsednik is tied for second in the AL with five triples and is fifth in stolen bases with 22.

  • Hitting streaks abound:

·         Pablo Ozuna owns a career-high, eight-game hitting streak, going 16-for-35 (.457) with 10 runs scored.


·         Konerko (.533, 16-for-30, 14 RBI) is also on an eight-game run.


·         Joe Crede (.464, 13-for-28, four home runs, 12 RBI) has hit in seven straight.


·         After going hitless Wednesday, Dye's seven-game streak ended (.367, 11-for-30).


·         Ross Gload (.727, 8-for-11) and Juan Uribe (.444, 12-for-27, four home runs, 10 RBI) each own six-game streaks.


·         Iguchi and Podsednik have hit in five straight contests.


·         Brian Anderson has a four-game run.


I bring this up not to gloss over the Cardinals' obvious pitching woes, but instead to acknowledge that the defending World Champions are currently on an unreal roll that began long before the Cardinals came to town. Granted, their run scoring has accelerated the last two nights, but these Sox can hit.


Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.


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