Friday, July 9, 2010
Winning Is Fun
Having been responsible for creating and writing game notes for many years (now long ago), I truly appreciate the great job the media relations staff — headed by Bob Beghtol and Pat O’Connell — do in generating information each and every day.
I also appreciate how tough the job can be when the team is losing or struggling, but oh, when you are winning, you can probably fill page after page with award-winning notes.
A few from today:
During the current 22-5 run (best in majors), the White Sox have gone from a season-high tying nine games under .500 (24-33) and 9.5 games out of first place to second in the American League Central, 0.5 games off the pace.
Just for fun, the 1983 team was 17-24 after a loss on May 27 and then went 22-12 to pull to 3.5 games back on July 2. They moved into first place for the first time on July 18 with a 46-42 record.
Sox are 11-1 in their last 12 at USCF.
Yesterday’s game time of 1:50 was just nine minutes longer than our rain delay on Wednesday night and was a full 30 minutes shorter than Tuesday night’s delay.
The White Sox ERA on the homestand is 0.75 (3 ER/36.0 IP).
This 27-game stretch is the franchise’s best since also going 22-5 from June 21 to July 20 of 1994. That team won game No. 28 of the stretch.
Eighteen of the last 20 games (Sox are 14-4) and 21 of 24 have been decided by three runs or less (16-5).
The five losses have come by a total of eight runs. The last time the Sox lost by more than two runs was on June 8 vs. Detroit.
Chicago is a major league-best 17-9 in one-run games, including six wins in its last seven one-run decisions.
Yesterday marked the first White Sox 1-0 win in which the run was scored in the first inning by the leadoff hitter since Ozzie Guillen on August 15, 1987 at Toronto.
JJ Putz has not allowed a run over his last 21 appearances (22 IP), the second-longest streak in Sox history, behind only Shingo Takatsu in 2004 (26.1 IP).
Only three players since 2005 have hit .290 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI at the break and not been named to the All-Star team: Travis Hafner in 2006, Justin Mourneau in 2006 and Carlos Lee in 2008. Paulie could be the fourth.