Why The Sox Are In 1st Place…

white sox 7 14 Why The Sox Are In 1st Place…
Last night after crunching some numbers, I rattled off some stats off that may explain why the Sox are 25-5 in their last 30 games and in 1st Place in the AL Central. If you couldn’t remember them all here they are:

Team Stats:
-Sox were only 1 game better than the Royals on June 9th (when this streak began). Sox were 9.5 back while KC was 10.5.

-In the last 30 games, the Sox are hitting .341 w/ Runners In Scoring Position (RISP)

-On the homestand, where the Sox swept LAA and KC, Sox as a team hit .323 and outscored LAA and KC 47-13.

-In the series vs KC, the Sox hit .393.

-Sox starters (eliminating Daniel Hudson’s performance on Sunday): 19-5, 2.23 ERA. More impressive even that that: 27 Quality Starts in 30 games. During this stretch the starters total ERA dropped from 5.28-4.23. The 2.23 ERA is the lowest in a 30 game stretch since 1972.

-Sox Bullpen in the last 26 games: 2.35 ERA, 56 strikeouts

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Individual Stats

Carlos Quentin hitting .367 w/ 11HR, 24 rbi in last 16 games.

Alex Rios in his last 65 games, is hitting .319 with 13HR and 24RBI. He also has 20SB (which has him 8th in the A.L.). He also is in the top 25 in VORP (Value Over Replacement Player).

Paul Konerko in his last 36 gmes is hitting .358 with 6HR and 31 RBI. He’s 6th in the AL in OPS (On Base Pluse Slugging pct) w/ a .942 mark. He’s 3rd in the AL in At Bat:HR ratio. Konerko hits a homer almost every 15 At Bats.

-Since June 8th, Gavin Floyd has a 1.25 ERA with a 41:13 Strikeout:Walk ratio. His WHIP (Walks, Hits per Inning Pitched) is .91. To put that into perspective, an average WHIP would be around 1.35…just to give you an idea of how good he’s been.

Tony Pena has been brilliant in long relief lately. In his last 2 outings, Pena has gong 7 1/3ip gving up only 1 ER.

J.J. Putz has recorded 23 consecutive scoreless innings. Matt Thornton has a stretch of 10 2/3 scoreless.

  • el yaqui

    Why are the White Sox in first place? (the article should read)!!

  • howard

    hey laurence love your show, and chi sox passion. could you please mention if markakis is even a possibility if the mcneil show doesn’t respond to my email? i’m tired of hearing the names of one dimensional players dunn and fielder. kw has got to work on a deal to fleece the orioles of nick markakis, and will ohman (believe it or not good numbers). i believe a package around quentin, jenks, viciedo and a mid-level arm gets it done. win-win for both teams ~balt gets a nea…r major league ready 3rd basemen, a productive and fairly inexpensive outfielder to replace markakis, and they could flip jenks to a contender. markakis is 26 (plays above average defense) and locked up thru 2014. plus, huge greek population in chi-town could boost attendance. just a dream….

  • gmsingh

    A comment about yesterday’s rather silly discussion of Juan Pierre: Laurence said something to Bernstein about Pierre’s meager number of extra base hits, but for some reason his league leading stolen base number wasn’t mentioned. Newsflash: a single with a stolen base has the exact same net effect as hitting a double. In Tuesday’s game Pierre singled, stole second, and Alexei knocked him home. How would have a double been any better?

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