White Sox had a successful first month of the season despite losing record when compared to the start this team had in 2018.
Despite a 2-0 start to the 2018 season for the White Sox, they would finish the year with their first 100-loss season since 1970. White Sox fans endured a lot of losing throughout last season and there were just small glimmers of hope spread throughout the year for the South Side faithful.
Entering this season, many White Sox fans were still reeling over the fact the franchise didn’t add any premier talent through free agency or even via trades. However, those fans might have turned their frowns upside down at the end of the first month of this season. With Tuesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles being postponed, the Sox will end the first month of this season with a 12-14 record.
When comparing their record in the first month of last season, the Sox are doing much better than they were a year ago. After the first month of the 2018 season, the Sox had an 8-18 record. They were already on their way to another losing record and a disappointing season for Sox fans. Even with developments from some of their younger players, 2018 wasn’t that exciting.
This season, however, has already gotten off to an exciting start. Young Sox players that will be part of the future for this franchise are having great starts to the year. Yoan Moncada appears to have realized his potential and is playing solid defense at third base. Tim Anderson, well he just continues to prove why he’s the hero of 2019 with each at-bat.
New acquisitions from the past offseason in Alex Colome, James McCann, and Kelvin Herrera are proving their worth. Colome has six saves in six attempts and Herrera is showing Sox fans what they hated to see when he was with Kansas City Royals, a dependable relief pitcher. For McCann, he’s silencing all of the fans that doubted his signing in the offseason.
While there are many more positives for the Sox this season than there were at the beginning of 2018, there is still some work to do for this team. The starting rotation needs to improve mightily. Carlos Rodon can’t pitch as poorly as he did this past Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Reynaldo Lopez is coming off a 14 strikeout performance and must regain consistency to be the pitcher he was last year when he was the best player on the Sox.
There’s a lot of baseball left to be played. But the Sox are starting to finally show that their current rebuild is going in the right direction. Will the Sox make some noise and become contenders this season? Probably not. However, expect a fun Summer for the Sox. Something that hasn’t been seen in quite some time.