Oh, tadalafil the Chicago White Sox, the team you just can’t figure out. Every time you think they’re going to take a step forward in the division, they blow it and take six steps back. The Sox are currently in last place and it’s the same consistent issues killing this team: shaky bullpen and a lackluster defense.
What did I really expect as far as improved defense? Adam Eaton is an improvement, but other than that, it’s about the same team as last year. This team hasn’t had a good third baseman since Joe Crede, and that’s sad. Sox fans, I preach not to compare your team to the Cubs, but I will in this instance. The Sox have lost one less game than the Cubs and what really makes that sad is that at least you knew the Cubs would be horrendous, but did you really expect this with the south siders? I didn’t expect playoffs, but never did I think last place. I know I sound all gloom and doom, so I must remind myself that there’s still a lot of baseball left and this team features the best pitcher in baseball and a potential rookie of the year.
As we enter July it is time to wonder will this team be a seller or a buyer and the answer is, if they have more series like the last two they’ll try to sell everyone but Chris Sale and Jose Abreu.
The Sox are 7.5 games out of first place and 6 games under .500, not a good position, but since no one is running away in their division there’s still time to turn it around (which I say every week).
Quick Review: The Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win in Baltimore a night after blowing a ninth inning lead. The White Sox were swept in four games by the Minnesota Twins. One of the losses was to a pitcher, Yohan Pino who spent 10 years in the minors. Although the team hasn’t played well, their rookie of the year candidate, Jose Abreu continues to tee off on major league pitching. He became the third youngest player to reach 20 home runs this quickly. His 20th home run came a day after meeting with the coaches to discuss him not running on a dropped third strike.
News: Scott Carroll will replace Andre Rienzo in the starting lineup after Rienzo lost his last five starts. Minor leaguers Micah Johnson and Francellis Montas will participate in the All-Star Futures game. Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez are in second place at their positions in All-Star voting. They need your help Sox fans, go to mlb.com and vote. You can submit 25 online ballots so do the Chicago thing-vote and vote often.
What’s Next: Mark Buehrle awaits his former team as the Sox head to Toronto for four games against the Blue Jays. They will return to US Cellular on June 30th to face the Angels.