Jun 2, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) is congratulated by left fielder Dayan Viciedo (24) and second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Drew Butera (31) watches at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Can the White Sox Contend in 2014?

In case you missed it, Eric Wedge and Alex Cora of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight discussed whether the Chicago White Sox can contend for a playoff spot in 2014.

Wedge thinks they can contend because of parity in the American League and the impact of Jose Abreu’s return to the lineup.

Cora thinks that pitching will prevent the White Sox from competing for an AL Wild Card spot. He points specifically at the bullpen. Cora does, however, wisely concede that the offense is good, that the Sox should stay around .500, and that they are built for the future. (Cora thinks the Cleveland Indians are coming around, and that they will compete with Detroit at the top of the division. We’ll see.)

Bearing the American League’s parity in mind, I think a .500 record puts an American League team near the second Wild Card playoff spot. Playing at a .500-level and getting a few breaks has won teams 83 to  84 games before, and that could  be how few wins it will take to grab the second Wild Card spot in the American League this season. Therefore, I think the Chicago White can contend for a playoff spot in 2014.

What do you think?


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  • nick

    If Rodon can contribute out of the pen and they can get one more arm the Sox really have a chance at least at the second wild card with a chance to drive some teams nuts in a 5 game series. Viciedo has a chance to be the wild card if he can go on a terror like he did over a 40 game stretch in 2012 when he hit a bunch of homeruns. I am really hoping Viciedo can find that again and I am very surprised up to this point he only has 4 HR while the BA dips again under .270. I think next year if Garcia can contribute and they add an arm they really have a shot to be at least a playoff series winner.