Chicago White Sox First Half Report Cards: Position Players

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The White Sox were 9.5 games behind AL Central leaders Minnesota and Detroit following a loss on June 8, but they have won eight consecutive games and 25 of their last 30 to end the half in first place.  Only one team in major-league history has been further behind at any point in the first half and entered the break with a division lead (the 1973 Cardinals).  How did they do it?

Soxman breaks it down “back to school” style with player report cards for the first half of the season.

By: Soxman

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White Sox take over 1st Place! Andruw Jones clubs 400th HR

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At the beginning of last month, NO ONE would have predicted this: the Chicago White Sox entering the 2010 All-Star break in FIRST PLACE in the AL Central.  They are 49-38, a half game up on the second place Detroit Tigers, and certifiably the hottest team in Major League Baseball. They beat the Royals 15-5 on Sunday, a game in which they clubbed 5 home runs, including a grand slam by Carlos Quentin, and the 400th career long ball for reserve outfielder Andruw Jones.

Like the rest of baseball they’ll have three days off now, but they enter the break on a tremendously hot stretch. After just sweeping division rival Kansas City, the Southsiders’ sizzling streak reads like this:

Eight straight wins, 21-4 in their last 25, 25-5 in their last 30, 14-1 in their last 13 at U.S. Cellular Field.

By Paul M. Banks

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Grading the divisional contenders part II: The AL Central (Twins, Tigers, White Sox)

By Jake McCormick

This is the second piece in a series grading the offseason moves of each American and National League predicted divisional contenders. Each grade was determined based on the team’s holes, how they were filled given that team’s financial constraints, and whether or not the player acquired was a better option than their replacement. [Read more…]