The White Sox had a plan in place heading into the ALCS against the Angels. It was attack and attack early.
That's exactly what the Sox have done in the past three games, all victories for Chicago, including their 8-2 win over the Angels on Saturday night.
Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first for the second game in a row and gave its starting pitcher, Freddy Garcia, a good enough lead to coast to another victory.
With a 3-1 advantage now in the series and the Sox seeming to be clicking on all cylinders, the South Side of Chicago is starting to believe that it may be host to its first World Series since 1959.
Behind the numbers
The first inning has been key for the Sox. Chicago has scored seven runs in the opening frame during the first four games of the ALCS.
For the second night in a row, Paul Konerko hit a home run in the first, this time a three-run bomb, to give the White Sox a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the ALCS.
|ERA||2.00||One ace? The Sox seem to have four|
|BA||.248||Smart ball is back with some long balls to boot|
|BA w/ RISP||.303||Getting it done when it counts|
|Runs||8||One-run games becoming ancient history|
|Errors||1||Lone error didn't hurt|
|Sox starting pitchers||3-1, 2.00 ERA||Bullpen has seen only 2/3 of an inning -- impressive|
|Paul Konerko||.313, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs||Helping to get the Sox on the board early and often|
|Juan Uribe||.231, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs||Bottom of lineup unable to get clutch hits|
Jermaine Dye stole second base after reaching on an error in the third inning that allowed him to score on a single by Carl Everett. The run was big as it answered the one run scored by the Angels in the second.
For the third straight game, a White Sox starter hurled a complete game. It's the first time a club has three straight complete games in a single postseason series since the 1973 NLCS when the New York Mets accomplished the feat. History on their side
Only 10 times in the history of postseason play has a team been unable to win a series after going up, 3-1. Last word
"I always say, 'Don't let the monster wake up.' I said that against Boston, I said that against Cleveland. I think the last two clinchers in a row, we clinched on the road. [Sunday] is a big game for us, maybe the biggest game we're going to play this year, and hopefully we come home with a victory." -- Ozzie Guillen
Kelly Thesier is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.