To say that things have not gone the way the Chicago White Sox planned for them to go so far in the 2013 season would be a pretty large understatement. They are in last place both ten games under .500 and ten games out of first place. As bad as things seem when looking at the numbers, they are beginning to slowly look up. One player that has played better over the last few weeks is Jeff Keppinger. Instead of focusing on the reasons that they are so far out of first let us focus for a moment on something that is going right for the Sox.
Keppinger, much like the White Sox themselves, did not have a great start to the season. Of late things have been going much better for him. Over the last 20 games Keppinger has hit .338. Though his bat has cooled off a little over the last ten games, overall his numbers and performance are certainly up. His defense hasn’t suffered all year long with him making only one error in 35 games. All things considered, though he isn’t the top second baseman in the game, Keppinger is a great man for second base and all the other positions he plays when the Sox call his number.
Though the White Sox weren’t quite able to complete the sweep of the Kansas City Royals, they still have won more games than they have lost over the last few contests. For a team that has struggled, they have to build on something eventually. In my opinion this last week has presented plenty of little blocks for the Sox to build on. Keppinger’s upturn over the last several games will surely help. Whether they will be able to build on the good performance against a tough team is something we’ll just have to wait and see.