Sep 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) and starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) before the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The ace of the staff in Chris Sale gets injured. Yes, he’s already injured and more than likely going to miss his first start, but I am talking about an injury that takes more time away from the season.
The acquisition of Jeff Samardzija doesn’t live up to expectations and the White Sox trade him at the midway point of the season for prospects.
The back end of the rotation contributes nothing and gets knocked around. The fourth and fifth spots don’t even win 15 games between the two of them.
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The bullpen’s acquisitions don’t pan out or get injured and the back end of the rotation becomes a revolving door and nobody has a preset role.
Last year’s rookie of the year, Jose Abreu gets mired in a sophomore slump and his stats plummet.
The team cant find viable solutions or contributions from the bottom of the order.
The team does not live up to the hype and falls flat on their face. Robin Ventura gets fired and the teams finishes a surprising fifth in the division behind the pesky Twins. Fans are left wondering if they’ll be waiting 88 years before another title.
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