White Sox continue to distance themselves from 2018 squad as this year’s team is proving that current rebuild is still going in the right direction.
The Chicago White Sox are currently two games under .500 at 21-23. They’ve been close to .500 for some time but haven’t been able to get over the hump. Every time they get close, they lose a few games and have to fight back to just to get near a .500 record again.
However, this season has proved that the franchise’s current rebuild is going in the right direction. Outside of their record, there are many players that are showing great improvement over the 2018 season. Players such as Lucas Giolito, Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson who are integral to the success of this rebuild are showing that the White Sox are going in the right direction.
Last season, the White Sox were 13-31 at this point. We all know how they finished. With a 62-100 record. Although the front office didn’t sign top free agents this past offseason, they still made some good trades and other free agent signings that have helped the current team this year. One of those good trades was acquiring Alex Colome from the Seattle Mariners.
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Without Colome, the Sox wouldn’t have a definitive closer for this season. Colome has been a stable force at the back end of the bullpen. Something the Sox haven’t had in a few years since they traded David Robertson. Another quality acquisition this past offseason was the signing of catcher James McCann.
McCann was signed with the intention of being the Sox backup catcher. But he’s since taken over as the Sox top catcher and could very well be on his way to longer deal with the team. The 28-year-old catcher is off to the best start of his career. He’s still young enough that he could fit into the Sox plans for the immediate future.
While the Sox current rebuild is going in the right direction, it could still be better. Imagine if the starting rotation wasn’t struggling outside of Giolito. This Sox team could certainly be in contention for a postseason berth. They can still contend but a lot needs to go in their favor. Something like signing a free agent pitcher after the draft and promoting a top pitching prospect by the end of June.
As it stands now, the progress the Sox have made this season can’t be overlooked any longer. Sox fans should be ecstatic with where the team is at the moment. They might not have a winning record just yet, but there are continuing to improve with each series. The Sox could still finish this season under .500, but the rebuild won’t take any steps back as long as the development of young players continues to go according to plan. Stay excited Sox fans, the best is yet to come for this team.