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World Series rematch not a mismatch

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Chris Sale acts as Sox stopper Saturday.
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  • Chris Sale acts as Sox stopper Saturday.
The 2005 World Series rematch at White Sox Park this weekend would have seemed to be a mismatch.

Just as the original was.

The Sox came into the interleague series still fairly fresh from a nine-game winning streak and atop the AL Central. The Houston Astros, whom they of course swept in 2005, were in fifth place in the NL Central, with only the Cubs keeping them out of the cellar.

Yet what's that Harry Caray used to say about the utter unpredictability of baseball? Sometimes it's a delightful surprise, and sometimes it'll bite one on the rear. Sox starter Gavin Floyd made a few bad pitches, and the bullpen threw some logs on the fire for an 8-3 loss Friday night.

The Sox have gradually cooled off since their winning streak, losing once to Seattle and twice to Toronto at home, and it's unmasked some flaws. For all their recent success, they remain under .500 at Sox Park at 15-17, which has contributed to their disappointing attendance. (Just over 22,000 last night on a glorious TGIF.)

The arrow's pointing up, however. The Sox throw whippet-thin leftie Chris Sale at the Astros Saturday, and he's riding a four-start win streak and coming off a May in which he was named AL PItcher of the Month.

Adam Dunn, too, seems about to break out of a mini-slump (mini by last year's standards, anyway). Although hitting just .125 over his last 11 games, he had two hits Friday and was robbed of another by the shift deployed against him.

The Sox ought to win both games this weekend and end their homestand 17-17 at Sox Park. Texans can remember the Alamo, but the Sox should simply remember the 2005 World Series.

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