Dunn, Peavy Return to Former Glory

Adam Dunn and Jake Peavy have given the Chicago White Sox the consistency it thought it was getting when it made moves to get the two.

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By Kevin Beese

McDonald’s has become a dynasty because of consistency. When you walk into one of the fast-food giant’s restaurants in Seattle, it is going to be pretty much the same fare you are going to get at a drive-through in Tampa.

That same type of consistency is what the Chicago White Sox thought they were getting when the traded for Jake Peavy in 2009 and picked up free agent slugger Adam Dunn before the 2011 season. The two have given the Sox anything but that consistency – Peavy for three injury-plagued seasons, Dunn for one disastrous year.

But so far this year, the two have been the dominant performers the Sox thought they were getting all along. Peavy has been superb as a starter in the Sox rotation, posting a 6-1 record thus far, including a brilliant late-May showing against the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field with the wind blowing out. Dunn has once again become the long-ball threat he had been with the Washington Nationals, clubbing 17 home runs through Sunday and helping the Sox surge to the top of the American League Central.

The Sox went for broke last year in signing Dunn and re-signing first baseman Paul Konerko and ringing up a hefty payroll. They wound up broken with a disappointing sub .500 record. The off-season departure of pitching ace Mark Buehrle and their high-profile manager Ozzie Guillen and the trade of outfielder Carlos Quentin gave the signal that the youth movement was on for Chicago’s South Side team. But keeping stars like Konerko and catcher A.J. Pierzynski let it be known the Sox weren’t totally in rebuilding mode just yet.

With the American League Central being a very lackluster division this year and the Sox having finallly put things together, rising expectations are surrounding the squad. Having moved to the top of the American League Central, hopes are starting to emerge – thanks to the solid performances of Dunn and Peavy – and the bastion of consistency Konerko.

The Sox finally figuring out how to play in their home ballpark on the South Side of Chicago could make it an interesting summer. With just seven wins in 19 games at home at one point, the Sox have gone 7-2 to get to .500 at home, 14-14 going into Tuesday night’s action against the Toronto Blue Jays. As long as Peavy and Dunn and other veterans keep leading the way, it is possible for this team to take the Central Division crown.

If the duo of Dunn and Peavy continue with such consistency and excellence, every Sox fan may soon be stealing and using the McDonald’s slogan “I’m loving it.”

 

 

This is an updated version of an article initially published on www.baseballreflections.com

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