White Sox: Reviewing the team at the 40-ish-game mark
The White Sox have played 42 games in the 2018 season. During this time, they have faced 12 of the 30 MLB teams.
Of the first 40 games the White Sox have played, they have lost 29 of them. The current .286 winning percentage is the worst in the AL and the MLB as a whole.
If the first 40 games are any indication of what is to come for next three-quarters of the season, then fans need to brace themselves.
One of the most famous quotes in baseball did not come from Yogi Berra or Babe Ruth. It came from Sparky Anderson, the manager of the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers. In 1986, he said:
"“You can’t tell anything about a baseball team until 40 games have been played.”"
Even though the Sox are two games past that notable mark, we can still look at what they have done so far. We can use those 40 games to makes some predictions about what is to come in the next 75 percent of the season.
The Sox have played a mixed bag of talent and they have yet to play all of the teams in the AL Central. So far, the Sox have a 5-2 record against the Royals. They have gone 1-4 against the Twins and 0-3 against the Tigers. The Sox travel to Cleveland for a three-game series that begins on Memorial Day.
The majority of the Sox wins have come against the Royals, who surprisingly have more overall wins that the Sox have. Those five other wins came against the Cubs, Mariners, Rays, Blue Jays, and Rangers. If we look at the first 42 games, the Sox have two wins against the Rangers. This second win gave the Sox their third series win. The first two were against the Royals.