Less than a week from today, the White Sox begin their regular season journey in Cleveland which hopefully will end with some level of success in October.
While it will take more than one spring training game to answer all of the questions about the 2011 Sox, both short and long term, there were six possible indicators in last night’s 7-3 Sox victory over a Diamondbacks split squad.
* Fighting it out for the last spot on the Opening Day roster, Brent Lillibridge didn’t hurt his chances by smashing a first-inning home run on the second pitch he saw.
* Will Carlos Quentin return to 2008 form and stay healthy in the process? Time will tell, but Quentin continued his surge last night with his fifth homer of the spring and is hitting .333. Just a few days ago he was well under .200.
* The questions swirling around Adam Dunn’s dismal spring, and his shockingly high strikeout total, have been dismissed to a certain extent (at least for a while) with his two-run homer, double and three RBIs against the D-backs. Needless to say, it was nice to see.
* What kind of contribution will Lastings Milledge make? He’s exceeded expectations with his .320 BA and has had some key RBIs. He had two more last night.
* Which Gavin Floyd will show up this season? Experiencing a so-so spring, he had a quality start last night pitching seven innings, allowing three runs and eight hits.
* We know Brent Morel is a major leaguer at third base, but will he hit enough to keep his job? After a 3 for 4 night against Arizona, he’s at .317 for the spring.