MLB Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox’ Surprising Start Offers Hope For 2014

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The Chicago White Sox took a 2-1 lead into the top of the ninth inning, and it looked as if their much-maligned bullpen was going to once again let them down against the Cleveland Indians.

Fortunately for the Sox, the team’s bullpen struggles did not do them in today. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez played the hero as he launched the first pitch he saw from Tribe closer John Axford into the left field seats for a two-run walkoff homer.

In a rain-filled Sunday afternoon that produced several delays, it was the upstart White Sox who were able to win the four-game series and continue their impressive start to the 2014 campaign. Robin Ventura‘s now retooled and youthful bunch are off to a 7-6 start and have surprisingly scored the most runs in all of baseball.

Jose Quintana pitched six quality innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits, walked just two batters and struck out six. The 25-year-old lefty, along with staff ace Chris Sale, form one of the best young duos at the top of a rotation in the entire league. But whether that’ll be enough to lift them into contender status remains to be seen. Outside of those two, the starting rotation has been shaky at the very least. And the bullpen, well, don’t get me started.

Having said that, though, it’s greatly apparent that this year’s version of the White Sox are clearly a vastly improved team from a season ago, and if anything, the first 13 games have offered some promise and hope.

Matthew Sturgeon is a Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27