The White Sox have won eight games in a row, and they've done so by beating pitchers you would never expect them to beat.
Take C.C. Sabathia, for example. The reigning A.L. Cy Young Award winner has been in the league for eight years. And despite playing in the same division as the White Sox for all that time, he had NEVER lost a game at U.S. Cellular Field.....
.....Until Tuesday night, that is. Sabathia had been 7-0 at the Cell. He lost 4-1, and now he's 7-1.
Indians' right-hander Paul Byrd was 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA against the Sox in 2007. In addition, Byrd is the only pitcher who beat the Sox during their 2005 playoff run. Byrd one-hit the Sox through five innings Wednesday night, but then the Sox knocked him out of the game with a five-run sixth.
Paul Byrd has pitched in the major leagues for 13 years. He had NEVER lost a game at the Cell.....until Wednesday night.
Finally, Cleveland left-hander Aaron Laffey hadn't given up an earned run in his last three starts coming into Thursday night. The Sox scored two off him in seven-plus innings, and that was enough for a 3-1 victory.
You know you're hot when you're beating pitchers who typically own you. Sabathia and Byrd typically own the Sox. Not this week.