White Sox are coming off a sweep of a division rival as there are many positive developments with the team, including players that could become All-Stars.
White Sox fans all want to forget how badly the team played last season. For many fans like myself, it was the first time they had witnessed their favorite team lose100 games in a single season. Despite it being a rebuilding year, 2018 was quite ugly for everyone.
This year, however, the White Sox are not only a much better team but there’s a lot of positive developments taking place on the team. From the team hovering around the .500 mark, to many different players with the chance to become All-Stars, the 2019 White Sox are giving fans a lot of hope.
Coming off a disastrous offseason where the front office put all their eggs in the Manny Machado basket, the Sox are hanging around in the American League. Currently, as of Thursday afternoon, the Sox are just 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the second Wild Card spot. Yes, its only May but think about where this team was at this exact point last year.
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With a 26-29 record, the Sox have yet another chance to go above .500 by the end of this week. We all know how their pursuit to get above .500 has gone this season.
The Sox tend to get close but just can’t take the extra step to get a winning record. It could become a theme this season as it wouldn’t surprise me if they finished the year with a 79-83 or 80-82 record.
The Sox might not reach the postseason this year, but they’re showing great progress in their current rebuild. This is evident by the progression made by Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson and Lucas Giolito this year. Each player has been stellar to start this season and could very well play their way into becoming All-Stars in July.
Giolito has been the best pitcher in the AL during the month of May and has clearly become the ace of the Sox pitching staff. Anderson has become a fan favorite on the Southside and has also become a better player at the plate this year. Moncada has erased that stupid bust label that many fans put on him last year and made the move to third base look flawless. All three players are vital to the success of the Sox rebuild and so far, they’re doing a great job.
Other players that could become All-Stars this year include Jose Abreu, Alex Colome, and James McCann. Surprisingly, McCann has entered the conversation for best catcher in the AL. When he was signed this past offseason, there were a lot of Sox fans that were upset with his signing. Those same fans are now not only content with him behind the plate for the Sox, but they likely wouldn’t mind if he stayed around for another year or two.
For Abreu, he continues to be an offensive force for the Sox. Although he’s in the final year of his contract, it will be shocking if he’s not signed to an extension. He’s the heart and soul of this Sox team. If any Sox player is going to be an All-Star, it will surely be Abreu. Another veteran, Colome could also become an All-Star. He’s currently perfect in all of his 11 save opportunities.
Having a solid closer like Colome at the end of the bullpen has been tremendous for the Sox. Colome much like all of the aforementioned Sox players has helped this team get off to a good start. Hopefully, the positive developments continue this year as there should be more Sox fans at home games when the weather warms up.