With less than a week left in the 2019 season, here are three things that must happen in order to consider this a successful transition year.
This season has been a little bit less than ideal for the Chicago White Sox. Yet another losing season takes a toll. With the absence of Carlos Rodón and Michael Kopech, many were expecting the rebuilding year-to-year progress to be pushed back a season. With a less than stellar bullpen and outfield, it was clear 2019 was going to be a rough one.
Still grieving over the missed opportunity with Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, there were few pieces to look at and be proud of. But over the course of the season, most opinions changed. Eloy Jiménez and Dylan Cease were finally called up. Tim Anderson and Yoán Moncada started hitting what they were expected to be hitting and despite some hiccups, the bullpen surprised many. There was also of course the breakout year Lucas Giolito had made up for the loss of Rodón and Kopech.
With less than a week left in the 2019 season, there are still a few things we need to see to feel even better going into the offseason and the 2020 campaign. We must see one more quality start out of Reynaldo López and Cease. We also need to see Anderson finish as the AL batting champion and José Abreu as the MLB RBI leader. Finally, we need to see Jiménez finish with a batting average over .275. If we can see these three things, Sox fans not only should not feel like 2019 was a waste but can also get excited for 2020 and beyond.