The Chicago White Sox are about to head into an important 2019 second half. This is the time where the White Sox look to finally take the next step.
The Chicago White Sox had a good first half with all things considered. They are 42-44, which doesn’t seem like a great record because it isn’t. But it is good for the White Sox because of where they have been for the last few seasons trying to rebuild. They appear to be doing it just right and it is showing this season that they are so close to turning the corner.
Jose Abreu is having a career year offensively. Guys like Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez have all taken the next step, and the prospects that aren’t here yet are looking like they will be soon enough. It is a great time to be a White Sox fan and that will show even more in the second half.
That second half begins on Friday night when the White Sox visit the bay area to take on the Oakland Athletics! This is going to be a series of good baseball because the A’s are good. At 50-41 the A’s are right there for the American League Wild Card. This should be a battle between two pretty good teams.
On Friday night the White Sox are going to send Ivan Nova out there against Athletic’s pitcher Mike Fiers. On Saturday the White Sox are still listed as TBD but in all likelihood, it will be Dylan Covey unless they go in a different direction, but whoever gets the call will face Chris Bassitt of the A’s. On Sunday afternoon Reynaldo Lopez will get his second half underway for the Sox as he will go against Brett Anderson for Oakland. These are all going to be some interesting matchups for fans of both teams.
This is a good test for the Sox because the dog days of the season are on the horizon so it will be interesting to see how this team handles those games. If they succeed and put themselves in Wild Card contention, it will also be cool to see how they handle a little bit of team pressure for the first time as a group. Either way, this is going to be a fun series/second half for us fans. Go White Sox!