I want to believe that the White Sox are a legitamate playoff contender this year. They now have the second-best record in the major leagues. If you look at their pitching, they are contenders. The defense has been solid to date. The batting has been adequate and the plate discipline has been brutal. In the two-game mini-sweep over the Twins the White Sox drew zero walks. For a team that was built around small ball that’s brutal. Carl Everett actually has an on-base percentage below his batting average.
El Duque gave up ten hits in six innings and still won his a duel with Brad Radke. Luis Vizcaino proved that he’s past his six-run debacle from a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think it’s a question of when Takatsu gets replaced as closer. Now it’s a matter of who does it. It’s either Damaso Marte, who finished the game last night or Dustin Hermanson, who pitched the eighth last night and has two saves so far.