Chicago White Sox: Mid Season Report Card
Team: Chicago White Sox
Record: 37-55 (14 GB)
Biggest Surprise of 1st Half :
For biggest surprise I was going to put a bunch of negative things however there were a couple positives let’s talk about them. Pitcher Chris Sale has been as good as advertised and followed up his solid 2012 with another great year. He only has six wins to show forward however with an ERA of 2.85 and a WHIP of 1.01 he is giving White Sox fans a reason to believe the future can still be bright. Young closer Addison Reed has 24 saves and four wins.
On the offense of side there isn’t too much to get excited about. Catcher Tyler Flowers started out the year hot but soon faded his average currently sits at .205. Adam Dunn has 24 homeruns and 60 RBIs however his 212 average and 317 on-base percentage isn’t doing anybody any favors. It is nice to see second baseman Gordon Beckham return with a .335 avg, however his two homeruns indicate the power hasn’t come back yet. The best overall player on offense has easily been Alex Rios he is on pace for 20/20 year which is nice because he seemed to be stuck in a good year bad year rotation.
Biggest Disappointment of 1st Half: I have to say the biggest disappointment of the first half is the horrible defense and base running. In 2012 the White Sox stayed close the entire season using a combination of good pitching and great defense. They led the league in 2012 with the least amount of errors. With the way the offense struggled the defense had to be perfect and it was. As a result they were in the hunt all year before a collapse at the end of the season sealed their fate. This year the pitching has been ok however the errors and base running mistakes have been borderline comical. It has made them a tough team to watch. No offense and terrible defense is a recipe for disaster.
Team MVP: Not even close, Chris Sale wins by a huge margin, think Secretariat. They should trade him now as the Sox are 3 years away from being good anyways. http://baseballhotcorner.com/the-chicago-white-sox-should-listen-to-offers-for-chris-sale/
Prospect Ready To Make An Impact: I’m going to write about this soon but new rookie Josh Phegley has 3 home runs (one a granny) in his first 7 games! It’s nice to see the young kids get the call and see some success. His average is at .200 so I’m not calling him the next Mike Trout but 3 homers in 7 games isn’t too shabby.
Contender or Pretender: Pretender. The White Sox are so bad they have the worst record in the AL when counting the teams who were all still in the AL last year. Thankfully baseball realigned and the Houston Astros have saved the Sox with a record worse by 4 games. See here for an explanation. http://baseballhotcorner.com/chicago-white-sox-are-the-worst-team-in-the-american-league/
Overall Team Analysis:
I will refer you to a previous post I authored for Baseball Hot Corner.
This team has been a huge disappointment in 2013. They went on a nice run and brought themselves to 500 and only four games back at the end of May however then the Cubs swept them and so did Oakland. They went on to lose a series to Seattle and the losing continued versus the Astros and the Twins. This season is now over because the White Sox are over 10 games back. Matt Thornton has already been traded away to the Boston Red Sox and I figure at least 2, 3 or 4 more players will also be traded in the next month. Might as well let some of the kids play to see what you have for next year. Because this year unfortunately is over.