May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a double against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
3. Chicago won’t score more than 4 runs in any of the next three games
I know I’m sounding like a Debbie Downer, but until this team can prove on a consistent basis they can compete and play winning baseball against teams other than the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians (the first time around), I can’t say with a straight face they can put up runs against a team that consistently makes the postseason.
Why would I want to lie and say everything is going to be all right, when it is right in front of us this team does have some issues, especially with runners in scoring position.
Some of it is the White Sox not having their full roster of players they really want due to injuries, but every team is like that. The problem is sometimes I just have the feeling the White Sox aren’t 100 percent into these games for a full nine innings.
There have been some really fun games this season where the White Sox won in walk-off fashion, and that is great to experience, but I would like to see this team have a comfortable lead as they reach the ninth inning, rather than hope for some late-inning heroics.
I still believe this team will eventually come around and play the type of baseball I know they can on a consistent basis, but we’re going to have to have some patience as they figure out a few of the roster spots.