White Sox: Reviewing the team at the 40-ish-game mark
The first 40 games clearly showcased the strengths and weaknesses of the Sox. There are clearly more weaknesses than strengths.
No one on the Southside Showdown team predicted that they would be in last place in the American League, let alone the entire MLB.
There are strengths on the team. Davidson, Sanchez, and Abreu have provided plenty of offense. Tim Anderson has shown he can steal bases, even on the best pitchers in the league. But, not enough of the Sox are providing hits in the situations that need hitting the most. The teams in the top have players who can do this.
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The poor win-loss record is a sign of a team in rebuilding mode. But, there are other teams that are in rebuilds, too. The Tigers and Royals are rebuilding, so are the Phillies and the Braves. Some teams lost top players and are actually contending – like the Pirates and the D-backs. The Marlins, who were decimated in the off-season, have more wins than the Sox have.
Baseball is an odd game and the Sox could go on a winning streak that could shift their standings in the Central. As it stands, the Sox are 12.5 games behind the Indians, who are leading with an even .500 record. But, it will take nothing short of a miracle for the Sox to have any chance to get into the playoffs.
Since the 40-game mark, the Sox have won one and lost one to the Rangers. After the Rangers leave town, the Orioles come to Guaranteed Rate. The Sox could get some wins in the four-game series against the Birds. After the Orioles leave, the Sox hit the road to play Detroit and Cleveland.
Next: Looking forward to the September Crosstown Classic
The next 40 games include series against the rest of the AL Central as well as the Red Sox, A’s, and Brewers. Hopefully, the Sox can pull out more than 10 wins in the next 40 games. The 80th game is against the Twins on June 28.