The Chicago White Sox have been a team rebuilding since the end of 2016. Well, now it is time for them to start winning but there was a bump in the road.
The Chicago White Sox traded Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox on December 6th, 2016 and that began a flurry of moves that showed they were doing a serious rebuild. Well, the coronavirus has caused baseball to delay the start of the season and we don’t know when it is going to be back. A proposal has been made by the owners to the players association but money and safety are the things being discussed in the negotiations.
Well, if the White Sox finally get to play, they need to get off to a good start. They will likely be a much-improved team so they have the horses to get off to that good start. The reason it is so important is that if they don’t get off to a hot start there might not be enough time to climb out of a hole.
In a normal season, if you have a bad April to begin the year, you have May, June, July, August, and September to make it right. If they begin this year in July and get off to a rough start, they will only have August and September to try and make it right which shouldn’t be enough time. Obviously, anything that can happen but it is certainly a much tougher year to make a comeback.
The 2013 NHL season comes to mind. A lockout caused them to only play 48 games instead of 82 and the Chicago Blackhawks got off to a 21-0-3 start. They carried that momentum all the way to the President’s Trophy which led to them winning the Stanley Cup. They never had time to fall off a cliff from their hot start and eventually won the Cup. The same thing could happen in a shortened MLB season.
The White Sox should see players like Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez lead the way again. They have kids like Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, and Dylan Cease look to make an impact at the MLB level. They also have some new faces like Dallas Keuchel, Edwin Encarnacion, and Yasmani Grandal ready to go as well.
All of that excitement should lead them to success once they get going. They had a lot of momentum in Spring Training before it was shut down. Well, if they can get some of that going once baseball comes back, they will be in great shape.