Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Can the White Sox be the Royals in ’15?


Sep 17, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) is tagged out stealing second base by Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After watching the Kansas City Royals sweep the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, plus winning a one-game Wild Card game against the Oakland Athletics this past week, I wonder if the Chicago White Sox could be the Royals in 2015?

Right now, the Royals are playing their best baseball of the year, winning three games in extra innings in the postseason, plus showing just how good they were on Sunday by winning 8-3 in a Game 3 elimination game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Now with all of those accolades, if the White Sox improve their bullpen, and get another couple bats to go with their current roster of players … and maybe improvement in the back end of the starting rotation, and could the White Sox be the Royals of ’15?

That is a lot to ask, but it could happen.

I’m not saying the Royals are a one-and-done type team either, but it took them 29 years to get to the point where they currently are at. It has been six seasons since the White Sox last played in the postseason, but with some improvements the White Sox could become the next Royals.

But let’s talk about just how impressive this Royals team is right now.

They are the last team standing from the AL Central with the division champion of the AL Central – Detroit Tigers – being swept in three games by the Baltimore Orioles this past week. That set up a potentially exciting ALCS with the O’s and Royals, starting Friday.

The Royals have shown they are now battled tested in this postseason with three straight extra inning wins to start things off, and then eliminating a team in the Angels that many felt were the tam destined to reach the World Series. There is a good chance KC could continue that trend against another team who is also winning a lot in the O’s.

To put it simply, the ALCS will be very competitive, and just think about what we said earlier about the White Sox and the possibilities in ’15 as we continue to watch the Royals this postseason.


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In other White Sox news:

• Here is some “Baseball by the Numbers,” when it comes to the White Sox by the Chicago Sun-Times.

• As SS, we reviewed the seasons of rookie Jose Abreu and veteran Alexei Ramirez.

• Focus is on the bullpen for the White Sox in ’15 writes CSN Chicago.

ESPN Chicago asks which players should the White Sox keep in ’15.

• CBS Chicago says the White Sox should be able to go after top free agents this offseason.

• Also at SS, “White Sox Could Target Potential Free Agent Nick Markakis.”