White Sox look to close gap on Royals

Updated: July 28, 2003, 11:28 AM ET
By Jim Baker | ESPN Insider
Now that the White Sox of reality are catching up to the White Sox of projection, it is time for their biggest series of the season so far. Starting tomorrow night, Chicago travels to Kansas City where they will take on the first-place Royals, whom they trail by four games.

This is their most important series of the season so far although it is by no means a life and death situation. As Paul Konerko told Kent McGill of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, "... we play them 13 more times this season. This is not big like it's do or die. But we need to send a message that we aren't going to go away."

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.