Sox improve by doing nothing

646650.png

Sox improve by doing nothing

Twice this week the White Sox have gotten better.

No, Kenny Williams didnt sign a free agent or make a trade for a big time player. In fact, the Sox did nothing.

On Monday, the rival Tigers were dealt a crippling blow when DH Victor Martinez tore his ACL in his left knee during conditioning drills. GM Dave Dombrowski said that theyll replace him from within or via a minor move. Whatever they decide, Martinez is irreplaceable. The Tigers arent interested in winning another AL Central title. Theyre built to win it all, but the Martinez injury brings the Tigers back to Earth, at least a tad.

All Martinez did a year ago against the White Sox was hit .345. He only hit one homer, but it was a crushing three-run shot in mid-September that buried the Soxs chances of a division title and helped the Tigers wrap up the division by a mere 15 games.

On Thursday, Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic for using a false identity. Turns out hes really not Fausto Carmona, hes Roberto Hernandez Heredia. Maybe the Indians wouldnt mind an identity switch. The one-time 19-game winner was just 7-15 with a 5.25 ERA in 2011. However, the only team he beat twice last season was the White Sox, and its unlikely that Carmona, or should I say, Heredia, will be available to pitch on Opening Day for the Indians in 2012. In fact, its unclear if hell even be available at all in 2012.

Regardless of who wins the 2012 American League Central, that team will need help and luck along the way. The White Sox seemingly wont be picked by national pundits, but they sure caught a pair of breaks this week simply by doing nothing.

Sometimes, crazy things happen. Maybe these bad breaks for the Tigers and Indians could turn into good things to come for Robin Venturas maiden voyage on the South Side.

Stay tuned.

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox win, Cubs drop fourth straight

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox win, Cubs drop fourth straight

Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN

Preview: Cubs-Padres Tuesday on CSN+

Melky Cabrera's big game sparks White Sox comeback win

Chris Sale has 'no hard feelings' as he returns to face White Sox

Anthony Rizzo insists 'We got urgency' after Cubs fall to .500: 'It’s not all peachy right now'

A history of the Bears who served during World War II

Joe Maddon thinking shake-up for Cubs? ‘I have no idea what that would be’

Finally getting a little luck, Kevan Smith comes up huge in White Sox comeback win

How Kris Bryant became the face of the never-panic Cubs

Jose Quintana on Tuesday opponent Chris Sale: 'He was the best teammate I ever played with'

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN

 

The White Sox take on the Red Sox on Tuesday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.82 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (5-2, 2.34 ERA)

Click here for more stats to make sure you’re ready for the action.

— Channel finder: Make sure you know where to watch.

— Latest on the White Sox: All of the most recent news and notes.