White Sox endure long losing streak, blown leads and upset fans during month of April. Patience is still needed during team’s current rebuild.
Remember that Katy Perry song Hot and Cold? Little did she know, it would be the theme song for the 2018 Chicago White Sox. The unstoppable White Sox, scoring 10+ runs and hitting everything out of the park. Then, the getting outscored 27-3 in a series White Sox, plummeting expectations back to Earth.
The White Sox have struggled to both hit and pitch well for an extended period of time over multiple games, but the silver lining is that it does happen every once in a while. The White Sox do manage to put up runs and hang tough with some of the league’s average-to-decent teams, which is a lot to ask for a team still rebuilding.
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And that cannot be emphasized enough. They are still very much rebuilding.
The aspect that throws so many people off the scent of suck and rebuild is that the Sox show flashes of actually being good. Over the first week, winning seemed sustainable. But over a 162-game season, the White Sox are trending to finish to below .500. Anything near or over .500 will be overachieving.
Many are ready to watch this 2018 White Sox team compete for a playoff spot, but that might just be rampant impatience and lofty expectations.
The team is still without many of their top prospects and are arguably only playing two or three everyday players that will see a playoff run in the future. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada are the only sure-fire players that will be a part of the future. One could make the argument for Matt Davidson, Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu but where they will be in their careers in three years will be hard to determine.
The pitching staff is bit more put together but even so, still needs plenty of work. Carson Fulmer should be slated to be a part of the bullpen moving forward while the empty spots that James Shields and Miguel Gonzalez leave will be hotly contested by some of baseball’s best prospects.
The White Sox are still waiting for Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Luis Robert, Alec Hansen (last two are years away), Blake Rutherford, and Dylan Cease (both still playing Single A-ball). These players, especially the first three, should play a major role in the success of the team.
And there are other prospects not mentioned above that could easily be an important cog in the rebuild. In terms of looking towards the future, the White Sox are still very incomplete but nonetheless promising.
Taking a look at those prospects, throwing in Anderson, Moncada, Lucas Gioltio and Reynaldo Lopez, not to mention with free agents, including one huge free agent signing, and more draft picks this season, the White Sox are not ready just yet but they will be.