By Nate Gotlieb
Minneapolis — It’s safe to say the White Sox are over their offensive woes from earlier this week.
As a team, the White Sox are hitting .347 (42-for-121) in its three-game winning streak over the Twins with 12 extra-base hits, including four home runs. The team tallied 14 hits Saturday night in a 7-0 win.
The success comes after a three-game series against Kansas City in which Chicago batted .215 (20-for-93) with six-base hits but no home runs.
“We’ve swung at a lot of good pitches,” catcher Tyler Flowers said in explaining the recent success, adding that the team has done a good job with the little things.
Flowers has been arguably the hottest hitter on the White Sox as of late batting 12-for-23 (.522) with six extra-base hits in his seven games since the All-Star break.
He isn’t the only White Sox player with a hot bat, though. Center fielder Adam Eaton is 16-41 (.390) in his past 10 games and 5-for-15 against Minnesota. Alexei Ramirez is 12-for-40 (.300) in his past 10 games and 6-for-15 with two home runs and four RBI against the Twins.
The list goes on. Third baseman Conor Gillaspie is 13-for-37 (.351) in his last 10 games and 7-for-13 in the Minnesota series. Jose Abreu is 14-for-44 (.318) in his last 10. Even Adam Dunn is 8-for-26 (.308) since the All-Star break.
The White Sox are doing this without injured Avisail Garcia, who began the year as the the starting right fielder and a middle-of-the-order hitter. The 23-year-old Garcia hasn’t played since April 9 because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
“It’s pretty scary to think about where we could be,” pitcher Chris Sale said after throwing eight scoreless innings against Minnesota. “We’ve got all the right pieces in all the right places. It’s just a matter of stringing some wins together. I think, obviously, we’re all very comfortable with each other, and we have confidence in each other to go out there and produce and win games. Hopefully it’s soon than later that we get into the playoffs and make a push.”
Sale, a potential Cy Young candidate, leads a core that includes a potential MVP candidate in Abreu and a promising young outfielder in Garcia. While Chicago has stayed on the fringe of the playoff picture this season, many are thinking they will be sellers before the trade deadline with a list of proven veterans that includes John Danks and Gordon Beckham to offer contenders.
Danks said after Friday’s start that he hasn’t been focusing on the rumors, however. Manager Robin Ventura said that while rumors may affect guys, he doesn’t anticipate too much happening in the coming days.
“When you’re sitting here on the 25th, it’s going to be a lot different than if you’re sitting here on the 29th or 30th,” he said before Friday’s game. “It might be different closer to the deadline, but right now, I don’t’ see anything happening.”