While everyone is worrying about the Sox pitching this week (rightfully so--today's doubleheader means we'll probably see Lance Broadway start on Saturday), I'll suggest that the hitting will be just as a big of a concern against the dangerous Toronto Blue Jays.
Though their bats are often as lifeless as Coldplay's X&Y album, the Blue Jays pitching staff leads the American League with a 3.53 ERA this season and has allowed the second-fewest homers, a bad sign for a Sox team that is as dependant on the long ball as Dusty Baker is on toothpicks.
By the way, stat of the day: The White Sox have gone 16 innings without scoring a run on anything but a solo homer.
Over the past month, the Jays pitching has only gotten stronger, sporting a 2.83 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 1.41 GO/AO rate, all best in the league. The team, which won't sniff the playoffs but is already playing a heck of a spoiler, is riding high on a 8-game winning streak, including the last six over playoff hopefuls Minnesota and Tampa Bay. And they'll feature both AJ Burnett and Roy Halladay in this series against the Sox.
Now that their stud outfielders Alex Rios and Vernon Wells are healthy and hitting (combined .340 AVG, 12 HRs over the last 30 days), they actually look more like a well-rounded baseball team that, if not for a sub-.500 first half, would be very much alive in the Wildcard race.
Then there's the little matter of what happened in the Rogers Centre in the first week of May, where the Jays swept four games from the Sox while limiting them to 5 runs total.
So it's fair to say the Sox will have their work cut out for them this week, while the second place Twins take on the doormat Royals.
Javy Vazquez takes the hill against Burnett in the first of two this afternoon.