White Sox: Five Games That Defined 2016 Season

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Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) sits in dugout during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 8, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields (25) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /

White Sox 78-84 record could have been much better for the 2016 season. After starting 23-10, the team tailed off into another losing season. The season was defined by five crucial games.

The Chicago White Sox finished 2016 with a losing record for the fourth consecutive season. With another disappointing season in the books, the Sox will look to have a much better result in 2017. Although the Sox ultimately finished at 78-84, they started the season with a surprising 23-10 start.

However, the Sox would quickly fade into obscurity after the month of May, and never got back to first place in the division. The Sox 2016 season was defined by a number of disappointing games, none bigger than a meltdown in Texas in early May. With the Sox hoping to reach the postseason for the first time since 2008, the Sox inability to remain competitive before the trading deadline this season was another unwelcome sight for fans.

The Sox entered the season with hopes of finally having a winning record at the end of the season. But injuries to key members of the bullpen and the outfield, ultimately exposed a severe lack of depth for the team. There were five defining games of the Sox 2016 season, and they will be mentioned over the next five slides. Hopefully for Sox fans, 2017 can have more positive defining games for next season.

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