Overall, the data seems to suggest the White Sox are doing about as expected. They are an improved team compared with last year, but not a very good team overall. For comparison, last year’s Sox team had a 30.8 percent winning percentage at the end of April and a -42 run differential. This season may not be great, but there are some very encouraging signs in terms of the team’s performance going forward.
When looking at last year’s White Sox team, no 2000-2018 team has made the playoffs with that low of a winning percentage. Only one of the 33 teams with as poor of a run differential as the 2018 White Sox went on to make the playoffs. That was the 2006 Twins who actually helped stop the White Sox from making the playoffs and having a chance to defend their 2005 World Series championship.