One week it looks as if the team that won 85 games a season ago will once again challenge for the American League Central crown. But then just a week later, the White Sox seem as if they have a chance of competing with the Houston Astros for the worst record in the AL.
Overall, there have been a few more downs than ups for the South Siders in 2013, and they currently sit in fourth place in the AL Central with a 28-34 record.
Most people’s preseason favorites in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers, hold a seven game lead over Chicago. The distance the Sox have to make up between them and the division-leading Tigers is certainly not impossible, and Pale Hose may have their schedule to thank for that.
Right now and for most of the first two months plus of the MLB season, Detroit has been a better team than the White Sox. Thankfully, Chicago hasn’t had to play the Tigers once yet, and the two inner-division rivals won’t face off until July 9th.
This provides the erratic White Sox the opportunity to hopefully find themselves somewhat and begin to play a winning brand of baseball on a regular basis before having to battle the defending AL Central Champion Tigers.
From July 9th on, the Sox will have 19 opportunities to gain ground on Detroit, who in all likelihood will still be leading the division when the calendar flips to July. Whether or not Chicago is an improved club by then and can take advantage of their meetings with the Tigers is still yet to be seen, but there’s no doubt the baseball gods were looking down on the White Sox when the 2013 schedule was put together.