It's been a year of ups and downs and for the White Sox and somebody who has definitely been having more ups than downs lately is Mr. 529 himself Jim Thome. If you remember back to good old May, the Sox offense was being carried by Carlos Quentin and Thome was rocking a batting average around .200. and his on-base percentage was well below .350. The 15 million dollar man was lookin old and pair him up with Paul Konerko and we had the makings of a long, rough season.
When June came around Thome was a defensive liability in all of the interleague games and his body looked like it might giving up on him. But something must have clicked in the old-timer. Since June 1st Thome is on an absolute tear, he has been hitting .306 over the 2+ months with and OBP of .459 in July.
He has been as important as any one of these guys has been for a Sox offense that has averaged 5.85 runs over the past month. While JD and Quentin might be putting MVP-like numbers, Thome has been the anchor on this offense. He has been playing like it is 2003 for the past 10 weeks and he could be the catalyst for a team that is going to need every hit that it can get.