The ChiSox's run was halted at 11 games today after losing 8-6 to their crosstown rival Cubs. They are the second AL team in June to compile such a winning streak (stRangers). However, the quality of the opponents they faced during their streak was a notch above the crap teams that Texas played.
This is the record and winning percentage of their opponents at the start of each series:
CHICAGO WHITE SOX:
1. Pittsburgh 23-40 / .365
2. Washington 31-36 / .463
3. Atlanta 42-28 / .600
4. Chi Cubs 32-40 / .444
Opponents avg. winning % = .468
Here is what the TEXAS RANGERS had to face:
1. Millwaukee- 25-35 / .417
2. Florida 31-32 / .492
3. Houston 26-41 / .388
4. Pittsburgh 25-44 / .362
Opponents avg. winning % = .415
Both teams benefited from playing the lowly Pirates and overall their presence on these lists is skewing the numbers a bit. Take away the Pittsburgh from Chicago's list and their opponent's winning percentage jumps to .502 that's legit competition folks. Not to mention the fact that they had to face Stephen Strasburg in D.C.
In contrast, if you remove the Pirates from Texas' list and their opponents winning percentage is still just .432. The people jumping on the Arlington bandwagon are going to barrel roll off of it once the road starts to get bumpy. I'm not convinced they are the real deal because of their starting rotation, Josh Hamilton's lefty/righty splits and Vlad Guerrero's Home/Away numbers amongst other things.
Let's see how this team plays against contenders away from home.