A.J., De Aza Among Early Sox Contributors

I’m not planning on purchasing playoff tickets just yet, but we all should be happy at what we’ve seen of the Sox as they’ve concluded their initial road trip with a 3-2 record.

Offensively…

* A.J. Pierzynski is on fire with two homers, six RBIs and a .313 batting average.

* Alejandro De Aza also has a pair of homers (hit in the same games as A.J. hit his) and is hitting a respectable .273 from the leadoff spot.

* Paul Konerko is homerless, but has driven in five runs and has an OPS of 1.100.

* Adam Dunn is hitting only .222 with just one homer and two RBIs, but looks much, much better and has an on-base percentage of .364.

* Dayan Viciedo has zeroes in HR and RBIs, but is hitting a somewhat acceptable .267.

* And there  are always early-season stragglers looking to break out. In this case, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, Alex Rios and Brent Morel all need to get things going. I have to admit I’m concerned about Beckham and Rios while Alexei always gets off to a slow start.

Pitching-wise…

* Chris Sale has to be the top early story here with his terrific performance against the Tribe in his first ML start. The other Sox victories were credited to Matt Thornton in relief against Texas and John Danks, who was far from in command  yesterday in Cleveland, but gutted it out and benefitted from the 10 runs of support he got from his teammates.

* The pen has been solid with relievers Jesse Crain, Nate Jones, Addison Reed and Thornton all possessing 0.00 ERAs. And aside from surrendering a leadoff ninth inning homer in the opener against Cleveland, closer Hector Santiago has been impressive with his two saves.

Now it’s time to go home and convince the Tigers that they’re human.

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