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Sox Sweep is Sweet

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Apr 20, 2005 7:00PM

Chicagoist was accused last week of too much Cubs coverage, which we found amusing seeing as we're a Sox fan. While the Northside team may have been more newsworthy, the Southsiders have quietly been one of the best stories of this young season. With a 10-4 record, they have the best record in the AL and the second best in all of Major League Baseball.

Following last night's 3-1 victory, the Sox completed a sweep of their archrival Minnesota Twins in a brief two-game series. Having won 2 of 3 in Minnesota earlier this month, the Sox have won 4 of 5 against them so far. Add to that their winning 4 of 6 from Cleveland so far and the Sox are demonstrating that they have what it takes to compete for the AL Central title this year in spite of experts' predictions.

Thus far, pitching has clearly been the strength of this team -- the jury's still out on whether replacing a power-filled lineup with "small ball" hitters was the right move. But the starting pitching has been stellar. The starters are a combined 7-3 and all five starting pitchers have an ERA of 3.63 or better. Even with a bullpen that's been shaky at times, the Sox pitching staff leads the AL with a 3.54 ERA. However, their closer situation is a source for concern. Shingo has not looked very dominant this year, which is key for a closer. Is Hermanson the answer? It's certainly possible -- he saved 17 for the Giants last seaosn. If not, Kenny Williams can add that to the top of his shopping list for his mid-season dealing.

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