Questions for the Chicago White Sox in September
Aug 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
What are some things that you would like to see the last month of the season for the Chicago White Sox?
Is it to see rookie first baseman Jose Abreu finish strong? Or do you want to see the young players gain experience headed into next year? Will that experience be enough to make an impact on ’15?
Let’s take a look.
For Abreu, it looks as though he has locked up the American League Rookie of the Year award as should have. Abreu has met and surpassed all expectations in 2014, and he may have even entered the AL MVP race with his performance this season.
Can he lead the league in home runs? Maybe, even though Nelson Cruz of the Baltimore Orioles now leads him by four.
It seems as though the fact that length of the season may be wearing on him a bit, due to the fact that he hasn’t played this many games in a season in his lifetime. Barring injury, he will hit close to/above 40 home runs, more than 100 RBIs, and will hit over .300.
Nobody could not have asked for anything else from Abreu this season.
Now for the young guys.
Aug 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton (1) during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
With a young core of Adam Eaton, Conor Gillaspie, Avisail Garcia, and others, this team should be exciting to watch in the future.
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But there are still some questions.
Can Adam Eaton and Conor Gillaspie both hit over .300 by the end of this season, and how will Garcia play down the stretch after an early return from an injury?
What about some of the young call-ups such as Marcus Semien, Andy Wilkins and Carlos Sanchez? How will they perform? Where do they fit in next year?
There are also questions with the pitching.
Will Hector Noesi return next year?
What will become of starter John Danks? Is this the time to get him stronger for 2015? Will he ever be strong again?
Will this be the last we see of Scott Carroll?
I think we will see a lot of moves this offseason with the White Sox. Who knows who comes and goes, but these next few weeks will help front office decide who will be back in for next season.
While some decisions may have already been made, some have yet to be decided. While many White Sox fans have checked out on the team, and with good reason, they might want to stick around to see may be returning next year.