White Sox swept by division leaders was bad but it was also expected as the team isn’t close to contention but they’re still making progress.
The White Sox were swept by the Minnesota Twins this past weekend. Although they entered their series coming off a series split with the Houston Astros, the Sox were not ready for the Twins. However, that’s perfectly okay.
Are the Sox expected to contend? No, not even close. Is this team much better than last year’s squad? Yes. The Sox currently sit in third place at 23-29 and well behind the AL Central division leading Twins.
But their current record at this point is much better than it was last year. The Twins made some good moves this past offseason while the Sox did not. Is that a bad thing? Depends on which Sox fan you ask.
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The Sox put all of their eggs in one basket in hopes of signing Manny Machado for less than what he demanded. Not only did that not work out, but the Sox also acquired two players close to Machado that aren’t delivering any positive value in Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay.
Despite this, there has been great improvements this season of players that will be important to the success of the Sox rebuild. Lucas Giolito appears to have found his form as the team’s ace and Tim Anderson continues to show why he’s one of most improved players on the Sox. Yoan Moncada has also put an ugly 2018 season behind him this year.
The Twins might win the division this season. But the Sox are still about a season away from contending. Could the Sox make some noise in chasing a Wild Card berth in the AL? Possibly but they don’t have a deep starting rotation to remain consistent enough to even keep their record above .500.
Sox fans shouldn’t be upset that the team was swept by the Twins this past weekend. Minnesota made the right moves this past offseason to put together a contender. It will be up to the Sox front office to learn from their mistakes and target players that truly want to be a part of the next contending team on the Southside.
If the Sox front office can’t do that this upcoming offseason, then the Twins could very well take over this division for the next few years. 2019 will be much better than the 2018 season was for the Sox but it won’t mean a winning record is on the horizon just yet. A little more patience is needed from fans but the Sox rebuild is still on the right path towards sustained success.