September swoons have become an Ozzie trademark
…Here are the dirty details:
• 2004 – White Sox go 17-12 in September, swept by Minnesota Twins.
• 2005 – White Sox go 17-12, swept by Los Angeles Angels and see lead shrink to 1 1/2 games before running off five wins to end the season and 16 of 17 to end the season as World Series champs.
• 2006 – White Sox go 12-16, including a sweep by the Oakland A’s.
• 2007 – White Sox go 15-12 and avoid a sweep but finish at 72-90 and in fourth place.
• 2008 – White Sox go 12-15 in September in what becomes a war of attrition with the fading Twins. The White Sox won three straight games to end the season as Central champs, but lost five straight, including being swept out of first place on September 25 by the Twins to create such dire straits.
• 2009 – White Sox go 13-14 and are swept by the Twins.
• 2010 – White Sox go 14-13 and are swept by the Twins and Tigers, essentially eliminating them from the division race.
• 2011 – White Sox are 5-12 and will have to go 10-1 in the home stretch to finish better than .500 for the month. Two sweeps by Detroit nailed the coffin shut on the 2011 season.
Seems like September is sweeps month in the south side…
Other White Sox links:
- James looks at Adam Dunn’s future. Speaking of Adam Dunn, he hit his 1st eXtra Base Hit of a leftie for the 2011 season today, September 18.
- Besides the linked above report card, Brett Ballantini posted his latest Sox player value calculations. “Through 150 games, Dunn and Rios have cost the team $39.8 million” says Brett.
- Gordon Beckham on his missing offensive potential: ” I really believe that it’s in there and it’s waiting to come out.”
- Shane Lindsay has a tough off-season ahead of him. Help the guy out Jerry!