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That's now six wins in a row and they're too close to contention to justify selling parts with big-leaguers coming in return.
One of those teams walking the tightrope between being a seller and either standing pat or going for it. The four-game series beginning Thursday against the Indians will be a big factor in making a determination, given the timing and opponent.
Many initially thought they'd be contenders and then later sellers at the trade deadline. Now they've won nine of their last 12 and have been beating good teams, such as the Cardinals and Cubs.
Still a big believer in Carlos Rodon. Remember, he's only 22 and has just 10 career starts.
This probably sums up the state of the offense: Heading into Tuesday night, there were only seven qualified hitters who had a worse slugging percentage than Melky Cabrera. His spot in the Sox order that night? Three-hole.
Chris Sale has now done something (12 strikeouts or more in five straight starts) that only Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez have ever done. Wow.
Among players who qualify for the batting title, Melky Cabrera has the lowest slugging percentage in all of baseball at .275 -- worse than Omar Infante, Freddy Galvis, Billy Hamilton, Didi Gregorius and, well, everyone (as I said).
They have an awful lot of players underachieving and they aren't far out of contention. A positive season is still very possible.
Between the offseason activity, optimism heading into the season, flashes of well-played baseball and what should probably be a more exciting and/or better team, this is the AL version of the Padres, right?
So much for that hot streak. They've now lost seven of eight.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGJose Abreu , 1B.295
HRJose Abreu , 1B17
RBIJose Abreu , 1B59
OBPJose Abreu , 1B.349
SLGJose Abreu , 1B.492
RAdam Eaton , CF60
SBAlexei Ramirez , SS13
WChris Sale , SP9
ERAChris Sale , SP3.20
WHIPChris Sale , SP1.05
KChris Sale , SP177
SVDavid Robertson , RP22

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