The American League Central-clinching White Sox finished the 2005 season with a 99-63 record, the second-best record in the Majors. The 98 wins are tied for third highest in franchise history. Chicago held first place in the American League all 183 days of the season.
Final MLB standings
Record vs. Red Sox
The White Sox played two series against the defending World Champion Red Sox. Actually, it turned into three when one of the games was rained out in Boston and had to be made up on Labor Day. The two teams split the first series in Chicago in late July, winning two games apiece. Boston took the first two at Fenway Park in mid-August before the White Sox had a potential final game win washed away by rain. Chicago made use of the one-day trip to Boston for the makeup with rookie Brandon McCarthy outdueling Curt Schilling in the victory.
Record vs. playoff teams
The White Sox went 12-14 against this year's postseason teams. Chicago's only winning record against a team bound for the playoffs was its 2-1 series victory in Interleague Play with the San Diego Padres. Chicago split its series with the Yankees, 3-3, and lost its season series with the other two American League playoff teams -- the Red Sox, 3-4, and Angels, 4-6.
Record vs. winning teams
The White Sox went 38-33 this year against teams with winning records. Chicago dominated both teams in their division that finished over .500, the Indians and Twins, by going a combined 24-12 against them.
The 2005 White Sox were restructured not to be focused on hitting, and it showed. Chicago finished in the bottom half of the American League in every statistical hitting category except home runs. The White Sox batting average of .262 ranked 12th in the AL and they were last in the league in doubles with 253.
MLB hitting stats
Though it wasn't a good year for the team as a whole, there were some Sox players who put up respectable numbers. Paul Konerko led the team with 40 home runs, becoming one of only two Sox players to ever hit 40 homers in back-to-back seasons. Konerko also finished with a team-leading 100 RBIs. Scott Podsednik finished third in the Majors in stolen bases with his 59 swipes and finished first on the Sox with his .290 batting average.
White Sox hitting stats
The dominance of the Sox early in the season was mostly thanks to one thing -- the pitching staff. Chicago's pitchers combined to finish tied for first in the AL with a 3.61 ERA. The Sox used only six different starters throughout the season, benefiting from a healthy rotation that paced the Sox for much of the season.
MLB pitching stats
Jon Garland led the squad in wins with 18, setting a new career high for victories in a season. In six previous seasons with the Sox, Garland had been unable to win more than 12 in one year. Mark Buehrle led the team in innings pitched, 236 2/3, and finished with the lowest ERA of any starter on the staff, 3.12.
White Sox pitching stats
The White Sox finished fifth overall in the AL for defensive percentage, at .985. Chicago turned 166 double plays, good for third in the AL, and committed only 94 errors, fourth-fewest in the league.
MLB fielding stats
Catcher A.J. Pierzysnki finished the season with only one error, the fewest by any of the White Sox starters. Pierzynski's .999 fielding percentage ranks tied for first in the Majors for starting catchers.
White Sox fielding stats
Mark Buehrle (1 G, 0.1 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Jose Contreras (8 G, 11.0 IP , 0-2, 5.73 ERA)
Jermaine Dye (28 G, .235, 3 HR, 10 RBIs)
Carl Everett (8 G, .143, 1 RBI)
Freddy Garcia (6 G, 34.0 IP, 3-2, 3.71 ERA)
Dustin Hermanson (2 G, 4.0 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Orlando Hernandez (17 G, 102 IP, 9-3, 2.65 ERA)
Paul Konerko (3 G, .000)
Timo Perez (14 G, .250, 3 RBIs)
A.J. Pierzynski (14 G, .311, 2 HR, 7 RBIs)
Chris Widger (5 G, .000)
2005 stats vs. Red Sox
The White Sox combined to hit .291 against Boston over seven games this season with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs. It's no surprise that the Sox leading slugger, Konerko, led the team going 12-for-28 (.429) with four home runs and seven RBIs. Leadoff man Scott Podsednik hit a respectable .391 while also stealing three bases.
Game 1 starter Jose Contreras had some success in his only outing against the Red Sox, allowing only three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings of work. Mark Buehrle, who will start Game 2 of the series, allowed nine earned runs over 13 innings while going 0-1 in his two starts. Setup men Neal Cotts and Cliff Politte combined to hold the Red Sox scoreless over six innings while allowing only two hits between them.
Career vs. Game 1 starter Matt Clement
Geoff Blum: 6-for-18 (.333), 0 HR, 5 RBI
Joe Crede: 3-for-8 (.375), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Jermaine Dye: 2-for-4 (.500), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Carl Everett: 3-for-6 (.500), 1 HR, 4 RBIs
Willie Harris: 2-for-6 (.333), 0 HR, 2 RBIs
Tadahito Iguchi: 0-for-3 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Paul Konerko: 3-for-9 (.333) 2 HR, 3 RBIs
A.J. Pierzynski: 0-for-6 (.000), 0 HR, 0 RBIs
Timo Perez: 4-for-13 (.308), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Scott Podsednik: 7-for-19 (.368), 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Aaron Rowand: 2-for-3 (.666), 1 HR, 1 RBI
Juan Uribe: 2-for-7 (.286), 0 HR, 1 RBI
Chris Widger: 1-for-3 (.333), 0 HR, 0 RBI
Kelly Thesier is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.