The White Sox are solidifying their place as one of the hottest teams in baseball, as they have been for the past three weeks. Their offensive power is getting scary with the likes of Adam Dunn and Gordan Beckham heating up. And have you heard of lefty Chis Sale yet? Because he just went 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA over the last 30 days to earn AL Pitcher of the Month status for May.
The Rays just took two out of three from the reeling O's to claim sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since May 9. Most of that can be attributed to the brilliant pitching by Matt Moore and David Price. Add in some more offensive pop from people like Hideki Matsui (who belted a two-run homer in Friday's win) and first place should become familiar to Tampa.
Matchup – Chicago ended May with a three-game sweep down in St. Pete thanks in large part to awesome pitching and another two-run Godzilla blast. ITSET, their would be no sweep in this intriguing second-round matchup. The White Sox blow them out in Game 1 and attempt to do the same two days later but the Rays come back and steal it with a walk-off Matsui double in the tenth. After returning to Chicago, the Sox pitching closes out the series with two straight one-run wins. In short, Tampa has the firepower right now to make it interesting, possibly even win two, but the Sox would be riding too much heat right now to go down. White Sox 3-1