Although the White Sox were off to a slow start in Spring Training, the Southsiders went 5-2 this past week and seem to be settling into a groove. These wins put the Sox at a more respectable 10-13 overall, mostly thanks to the arrival of some serious offense.
The Sox scored 13 runs in last Wednesday’s win over the Seattle Mariners and routed the Kansas City Royals 16-4 the next day. Highlights of Wednesday’s game were Alexei Ramirez’ three hits and three RBIs, as well as new addition Kosuke Fokudome having two hits of his own. The biggest event of Thursday’s game was definitely Adam Dunn hitting two out of the park and contributing six RBIs on the day.
Dunn looking ready to play
Naturally, this level of offense could not be maintained throughout the weekend. The highest run total in any one game was six and that was against the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks. However, Sox pitching showed noticeable improvement. Excluding a 17-4 split squad loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sox hurlers did not let up more than four runs in any game the rest of the weekend.
Obviously the regular season hasn’t started yet and these are small victories. That being said, Sox fans everywhere are likely to be knocking on wood every time they hear the words, “Dunn’s really turned it around hasn’t he?” His 12 RBIs, four homers, and 12 walks are each team highs, which really indicate that he is seeing the ball well. With his batting average at an adequate .250, this is the Dunn the big money is paying for.
Another player that is giving Sox fans reasons to feel optimistic is the ever consistent Paul Konerko. The team captain is dutifully executing his role, batting .362 with a team high 17 hits. There were some doubts as to whether or not the first baseman could maintain the high level of success he has shown these past two years. As it stands right now, it isn’t looking like age will be a factor come opening day and hopefully we can see another 100 RBI season.
All things considered, John Danks should be feeling confident when he throws the first pitch on opening day. Offense and defense seem to be turning a corner and the fact that Dunn is red-hot is relieving to say the least. All I can say is that April 6th can’t get here soon enough.