Can the Chicago White Sox become the Houston Astros?
The Houston Astros are looking like they might become a dynasty and the Chicago White Sox are trying to build what they have for themselves.
The Houston Astros were bad for a long time. They lost 100 games three years in a row, but like the Chicago White Sox, they stripped it down to nothing and built it back up. Now, they are going to play for the World Series for the second time in three seasons when they take the field against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. It is good to see as a White Sox fan because you can see that the White Sox are trying to become them essentially.
The White Sox actually had a bit of an advantage compared to them, as they had a Hall of Fame pitcher in the middle of his prime in Chris Sale to trade away. Then, they got a bit of an overpayment for Adam Eaton and Jose Quintana. Those three guys alone turned into Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Eloy Jimenez, and Dylan Cease. All of those guys are already trying to make a positive impact on the team.
With players like George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa in the mix, the Astros supplemented it with great pitching like Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander amongst others. They have a great balance of everything and are as close to a perfect baseball team as you can get. They had a hard-fought series with the New York Yankees in the ALCS but now they will face the Nationals for it all.
The White Sox can only hope to become 80% of what the Astros are because they have done everything right. The organization is committed to winning from top to bottom and they are now the MLB’s model franchise. They have a good mix of youth and veteran leadership and the White Sox are a solid offseason away from also having that. To hope they appear in three straight ALCS and potentially two world titles in three years is asking a lot of course, but being a model of consistency and a team everyone wants to be would be awesome.