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White Sox finally score 12, but more offense is needed

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Monday night mayhem still leaves them short of a 600-run pace for the season

David Banks

The White Sox finally got around to scoring a dozen runs in a game, but at least they picked a good cause. After putting poor Erik Johnson through the wringer with poor defense, they gave him the night off and his first victory to make amends.

Still, it's not great that the White Sox took until their 150th game to score 12 runs in a game. You have to go back to 1986 to find a season in which the Sox topped out at 12, which means that many of you weren't even alive for an offense so punchless in every way

At the same time, there are a lot of us who saw the White Sox go four whole years without scoring more than 12 in a game (April 20, 1983 to June 1, 1987 to be exact), so it's almost like returning to the womb.

At least they separated themselves from the 1980 White Sox, who were the last Sox team to max out at 11 runs. The 1980 Sox are also the last Sox team to score fewer than 600 runs in a season, and unfortunately, the current edition still has plenty of work to do to avoid that distinction.

The 12 runs did help. Entering Monday's game, the Sox were on pace for 590 runs. Now they're on pace for 599. So close!

In order to get to 600, they'll have to average 3.75 runs a game over their last 12. It's not going to be easy, at least based on what's happened to this point. When you factor their average output against the remaining teams on their schedule (Twins, Tigers, Blue Jays, Indians and Royals) and apply those averages to each remaining game, you end up with ...

... 43.7 runs, which would give them a total of 599 runs if you round up.

It doesn't seem 45 runs over 12 games is too much to ask, but this is no ordinary season. Hell, the Sox on Monday also snapped a 54-inning streak in which they never held a lead, and that's not even the longest such drought this year.

Fewer words, more pictures.

OK. Here's Paul Konerko maxing out his vertical forever and ever .


And Cole De Vries delivers some authentic frontier gibberish.


Either that, or he has Adam Dunn on his fantasy team.