While most of Chicago is focused on Melo and the ridiculous (and downright disrespectful) stories coming out about Derrick Rose, health there’s still baseball being played in this city. Now granted, doctor it’s not very good baseball but it is baseball. The White Sox are under .500, sovaldi they are struggling to score, struggling to close out games and struggling to get fans in the park; even though it has been a struggle there are still plenty of good things to see. Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez were voted to the All-Star Game by the players and #TargetSale to get Ace Chris Sale to the game.
Chris Sale and Jose Abreu are must see TV and even better in person. Adam Eaton is a steadying force in the outfield and a catalyst at leadoff. Paul Konerko is “sparingly” playing his final season and pitchers Hector Noesi and John Danks are bringing it each time they pitch. You have all that and a chance for a great experience in the sun with friends and family, good food, good drinks and plenty to do for the kids. So, why do I still have to talk about this each week, each season? Don’t give me that it’s because they’re not winning, because this problem existed with a winning record. Don’t give me it’s the neighborhood, are you watching it on someone’s front porch? You’re not there for the neighborhood, you’re there for a game. Watch the game and then go home, you’ll be safe. Another excuse is the cost but there are so many discounted tickets and plans that you can find a game you can afford. So, you’re out of excuses it’s time to get a group together get out to the Cell and support the men in black.
Notes: Adam Dunn passed Carl Yastrzemski to move into 35th place on the all-time home run list with 453. Paul Konerko has entered the closure phase of his retirement tour as he hit Fenway Park for a final series. He says it is hitting him now as his family is in town and will take some games. Will the Sox be sellers at the trade deadline? It is pretty known some of the players who could be moved like: Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham, Alejandro DeAza, Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers and others. What the Sox are looking for in return is more bullpen and rotation help. How much can any of these players return in a trade? I don’t think much, you would probably need to offer a team Alexei Ramirez to get a positive return, but we’ll see.
The White Sox are 44-47; seven and a half games behind the Detroit Tigers.
Games Review: The White Sox beat the Red Sox in the first two games of the series. The 2013 World Series Champs are in last place in the American League East and look awful. Sox took the holiday weekend series against the Mariners including a complete game by Chris Sale and the 27th home run by Jose Abreu. The bullpen couldn’t close out a game leading to an extra inning defeat in the series.
What’s Next: There are three more games in Boston and they will close out the first half of the season with three games in Cleveland. They return from the All-Star break with a home stand against the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals.
Don’t forget: #TargetSale…let’s get him to the All-Star game like he deserves!