White Sox: The NLCS tells a lot about star power leading the way

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 22: Manny Machado #13 and Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies talk on third base during the first inning in game four of the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 22, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 22: Manny Machado #13 and Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies talk on third base during the first inning in game four of the National League Championship Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 22, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox are watching the playoffs from home. The fact that they didn’t make it is a horrid look for the organization. There are plenty of reasons why they didn’t make it and you can see a few of them going on in the playoffs right now.

The American League Championship Series is not missing big starts but the Houston Astros are running away with it. The New York Yankees now trail them by a series tally of 3-0. It is going to be a long road back if they have any hope.

However, the National League Championship Series has been nothing short of amazing to watch. There have been stars all over the place in that series and they are all producing at a high level. The Philadelphia Phillies lead the series now 3-1 but every game has been intense.

Of course, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper are both having an MVP type of performance in this series. Those are the two that the White Sox looked at in free agency after the 2018 season but they failed in a rather embarrassing way. White Sox fans will remember those two for a very long time.

There are other stars in this series making big plays as well. Guys like Juan Soto, Rhys Hoskins, JT Realmuto, and Kyle Schwarber have been incredible. All of them deserve credit for the way that they have crushed the baseball.

The Chicago White Sox needs stars to step up and do more with the organization.

It is a series that has also featured a lot of great pitching performances from stars. Guys like Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Zach Wheeler, and Aaron Nola have been good enough to make it a compelling series while facing big-time batting orders.

The White Sox can learn a lot from this. They are a team that is loaded with talent too but they haven’t performed up to par in a while. There are players like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Yoan Moncada who are highly touted but haven’t taken the superstar step yet.

If they ever do, they can elevate themselves as a team to become what the Phillies and Padres have. We can only hope that the new manager brought in can help the stars shine on the biggest stages. It wouldn’t hurt to add another star or two to the mix as both of these NLCS teams have.

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