Roller coaster White Sox on an upswing

ARLINGTON, Texas -- John Danks can’t win, Adam Dunn can’t stop striking out and yet somehow the Chicago White Sox have reason for optimism.

Despite losing Monday’s opener of a three-game series at Texas and starting a 10-game trip through three cities, the White Sox are playing better than most teams going back to May 7.

On that day, the White Sox were in the second game of a nine-game West Coast swing. They won that night and won again the next day to take the series against the Seattle Mariners. The White Sox haven’t lost a series since, going 11-5 heading into play Tuesday.

Only three other teams in baseball have been better in that time. The San Francisco Giants were 11-4, the Milwaukee Brewers were 12-4 and the Boston Red Sox were 11-4.

Despite an inability to get on an extended winning streak or to make much of a dent in the Cleveland Indians' lead in the American League Central, the White Sox are playing better in nearly every area since their underperforming April.

Since May 7, the White Sox are batting .284 as a team and have outscored their opponents 71-48. The pitching staff has been impressive too, registering a 2.88 ERA over its last 144 innings.

Since Jake Peavy rejoined the rotation on May 11, the starting pitchers are 6-3 with a 3.58 ERA. Opponents are batting .261 against the starters over that stretch.