Since Spring Training the Chicago White Sox have looked like a pretty good team to me. They have above average starting pitching and enough talent to have a capable or decent bullpen. They have some big power hitters, good average hitters and those in-between. So why is it that they are still on the bottom of the American League Central division 8.0 games out of first place?
As they battled back and beat the Oakland Athletics two straight games over the weekend to split the four game series, it became evident that this is still a team that has the potential to be really good. Even with Jake Peavy sidelined, Hector Santiago stepped in and delivered big time. Alex Rios still leads the team in basically every offensive category except homers and he came through on Sunday as did others. They hit well enough to score a few runs and got the pitching to back it up.
That should be what this team can do on a daily basis. They should be an above average team without a doubt. Why in the world they are not is beyond me but the terrible start they have gotten off to, terrible when compared to where they should be, begs a question. Is it too late for the White Sox to compete for post season play?
Mathematically, they have plenty of time to fight their way back in the competitive AL Central but time isn’t what they need. They need more consistent play in every facet of the game. Without that it will be only a matter of time until yes, they will be completely out of contention for anything. They have the ability and I think the managerial prowess to do something and make some noise. Time will tell if they achieve something or nothing at all.