White Sox end season with 100 losses for the first time since 1970 after getting swept in four games by the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
The White Sox ended their 2018 season with a five-game losing streak and were swept in four games by the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. In a 5-4 loss to the Twins, the Sox lost their 100th game to finish with a 62-100 record.
With the loss, the Sox ended a season with 100 losses for the first time in since 1970. The Sox finished the 1970 season with a 56-106 record. The 2018 season has been tough to watch for many fans as they experienced growing pains throughout this current rebuild for the Sox.
Losing seasons are expected when a team is working on rebuilding and the Sox inability to avoid 100 losses shouldn’t be looked at with disdain. The Sox front office expected 2018 to be the toughest year of their current rebuild and they were correct. With a lack of depth in pitching and on offense, this team wasn’t going to win many games this year.
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As many fans ponder what this team will do this upcoming offseason, next season can’t get here soon enough. The young players that struggled this year will have more experience in 2019, and there are more top prospects who will make their major league debuts next season. There will be a lot of anticipation from Sox fans to finally see Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease.
Although the Sox had a worse record than 2017 when they finished 67-95, they’re much closer to their goal of contention than they were last year. It might not seem like the Sox are close to even a winning record in 2019 or even 2020, but they are.
The Sox front office can’t afford to not add veterans this upcoming offseason, and they have many more prospects that will be ready to make their major league debuts in the next two years. There were bright spots this season with the emergence of Reynaldo Lopez as a top of the rotation starter, and the surprising play of Daniel Palka. Next season, there could be many more surprises for the Sox.
There will be fans who believe the Sox losing 100 games this season is proof that the current rebuild is a failure. However, this team could very well avoid losing 90 games next season. The Sox won’t be as bad as they were this season moving forward. There could be some more growing pains in 2019, but this franchise is on the right path towards long-term contention.