White Sox Winning by Out-Bludgeoning Opposition

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After their 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox pushed their record to 5-3. There are still plenty of questions about this year’s White Sox team but one thing is for sure: they can score runs.

As of now they are leading the MLB in runs scored and are third in batting average. However, it’s troubling how they’re giving up plenty of runs as well. On Opening Day, the Sox looked magnificent at the plate, jumping out to a 14-0 lead over the Cleveland Indians.

Mark Buehrle cruised through five innings of shutout ball but then gave up four runs in the 6th. When all was said and done, the White Sox came out a winner, 15-10. That’s not exactly the ideal way to win. Yet, that’s the way Ozzie Guillen and his Sox are going to get the job done this year (for the most part) and fans better hope that method can carry them all the way to the Fall Classic.

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Remembering the 1983 White Sox with Greg Walker

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With the Chicago White Sox recent hot start catapulting them into first place, we’ve started hearing local sports media outlet or two comparing this year’s scrappy bunch to the 1983 division title White Sox. (come back tomorrow for more on this). And while it may be a little premature to draw parallels between the two squads, there is one striking similarity.

The ’83 Sox finished 60-25 down the stretch, while starting a very pedestrian 39-38. This team has gone a transcendent 25-5 since beginning the year an ugly 24-33. In order to match the ’83 team, they’ll have to go 50-25 in the second half. But before we figure out we’re actually going, we need to recall where we’ve really been.

Current Sox hitting coach Greg Walker played his first full season on that ’83 team. Coincidentally, he was born in 1959, the last time the Sox had won anything prior to that fateful summer. I recently had an exclusive with “Walk,” and we discussed that unforgettable Sox season.

By Paul M. Banks

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