Until The Final Bell: The Chicago White Sox and the Playoffs
By Brett Pnazek
Jul 30, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Sale Need to Turn Into Clayton Kershaw 2.0
Sale is arguably the third best pitcher in the game today. The reason why he isn’t one or two is because Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer don’t have that horrendous outing. Sale has given up seven and eight runs respectively in two starts this year.
I’m not bashing the guy. He is by far the best pitcher the White Sox have had in my lifetime but we need him to take that next step. If he does and the White Sox win nine of his next 11 starts then they should be in good position at the end of the year to make some noise.
This is where he goes from fringe Cy Young contender to the most dominant pitcher in the AL.
Quality Start Bonanza
Wins would be great but let us be realistic. The White Sox will lose some games over the course of the next 59 they play. What would be nice is if the starters could go out there and throw quality starts every time.
In case you didn’t know a quality start is six or more innings with three or fewer earned runs allowed. Now I’m not expecting shutouts. Six innings of three-run ball should be enough to win yourself a lot of ball games.
In the end we as fans entered this season with high hopes and have watched our team struggle to play .500 baseball. Yet they are far from out of it and have about 30 days to prove whether they are playoff worthy or a bust. Last year at the 100 game mark the Kansas City Royals were 50-50 and yet they came within two runs of winning the World Series.
Baseball is a mind boggling game and anything came happen. The White Sox have surprised us this year with their awful play. Maybe they can surprise us with some winning baseball for the next two months.
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