Jul 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League pitcher Chris Sale (49) of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch in the fourth inning during the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
The second half of the Chicago White Sox season is set to begin on Friday when they host the Houston Astros for three games at US Cellular Field over the weekend.
Jul 5, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) warms up prior to a game against the Seattle Mariners at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Up to this point of the 2014 season the White Sox have played 96 games, where they have an overall record of 45-51 (24-21 at home, 21-30 on the road) with a .469 winning percentage.
That record leaves the White Sox fourth in the AL Central standings, 10.5 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers. In the Wild Card race, the White Sox are 6.5 games back of the Seattle Mariners for the second spot of the WC standings.
Even with the below .500 record, the White Sox are still better than they were on July 17 one year ago where they were 37-55 on July 17, with a .402 winning percentage, 14 games back of the Tigers.
Even with the improvement of the standings, this season thus far is still somewhat disappointing when you look at the entire framework of the White Sox.
There have been some exciting moments with the walk-off wins, but there have been other moments where the pitching (especially the bullpen) made you want break something.
With that said, at this midway point of the MLB season, let’s see what type of grades the White Sox have earned in my view of the team. I’m sure they will differ from yours, and that will be great, because I want others to share their thoughts on the team as well.
The team was graded overall and on starting pitching, offense and bullpen.
Let me know what grades you give this ball club thus far. The good thing about mid-term games is they have the ability to improve once the season is complete.