"Because we can pitch and our offense has the potential to run up some big homers," said White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy when asked why he believed his team could contend with other top squads. "If we hit some homers with some guys on base, with the pitching staff and the bullpen evolving the way it's evolved, and we have a few starters that can get on a roll."
Peavy pointed out that the White Sox previously swept the Yankees at home and did the same to Texas. The White Sox have a 6-3 edge on the Rangers as their high-water mark against a potential playoff team and are 6-12 against the Tigers on the lesser end.
Against the Rangers, Orioles, Angels, Yankees, A's and Tigers, the White Sox have posted a combined 25-31 ledger.
"We can play with any team in baseball on any given day," Peavy said. "I'd love to have a chance to be in the playoffs."