Chicago’s South Siders have somewhat quiet this offseason, but most notably making trades for infielders Todd Frazier, and Brett Lawrie. The White Sox however, are still far from being a playoff contender, after a weak 76-86 season, finishing 4th in the AL central. There are still many free agents out there, and some that could contribute immediately to bring future help to the struggling Sox.
The 2015 campaign for the White Sox will end rather quietly, as it seems that all baseball focus in the city of Chicago has been thrown the at the Cubs. Coming from a lifelong White Sox fan myself, I am very proud of what the Cubs have been able to accomplish this season, however all this media focus is starting to get old. In this article, the first White Sox based one in nearly a month, I will discuss nothing but the Sox, the Sox, and only the Sox.
It is a little disappointing that this season is to end in the White Sox’s third consecutive playoff miss, however improvement has stemmed in each of those seasons, and that sets them up nicely to contest for a pennant next season. Now with only 10 games left, the Sox stand at 72-80, which is a minor step up from last season, in which they finished with only 73 victories (this is figuring they win 5 or 6 of their spoiler games).
After winning seven in a row, and then dropping the next five of six, the White Sox have officially proven themselves an inconsistent team. However while winning may not come on the daily, the Sox have given themselves a legitimate chance at stealing a Wild Card spot.
Now back about 4 games, the White Sox have 57 games or 35% of the regular season remaining to stage a run. Is it possible? Yes. Is it probable? No. The Sox managed to hug the .500 mark thus far into the season not because of its batting nor its pitching; because of its defence (which is a horrible thing to rely on).
Before tonight, the White Sox had lost their last eight games, and things are really spiraling out of control. The Sox now stand at 29-38, dead last in their division. Ventura lost his cool to the point of ejection Wednesday. The Sox have averaged around 1 run in the last 10 games. Needless to say, things are tough on the South Side.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is planning on and hoping for his own return on Tuesday, June 2nd. Abreu injured his finger earlier this week, however the X-ray results came back negative for a fracture. The first baseman is a significant part of the White Sox offense, as he provides a much needed mid order pop for the offense. This all coming at a time when the South Siders are sitting at 23-26, last place in the division, and 7 games behind AL Central leader, Twins.
The White Sox had an epic collapse the other night vs. the Toronto Blue jays, however here at Chicago Sports Daily, we always aim our focus on the positive. The White Sox, while sometimes overshadowed by their crosstown rivals, have a stellar group of prospects. Below, I rank the top five prospects the White Sox have to offer.