At the beginning of the 2013 MLB season it seemed like the worst thing the Chicago White Sox had going was that one starter was slow to begin the year and two other starters couldn’t decide which one was the ace. Their pitching looked pretty good even after Chris Sale and Jake Peavy and the offense looked good as well with a nice mix of young guys and veterans. Unfortunately what should have been a very good season has turned into a huge disappointment so far.
The pitching has been solid at times but injuries along with some disappointing performances have left them much lower than they should be. Sale is the standout on the staff but no one pitcher can do it alone. There seems to be little help on the way after the all-star break. Peavy is headed back from injury but it remains to be seen how good he will be or if he will be traded before the July deadline.
Offensively the resident legends Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn have been decent when healthy but haven’t been completely healthy near enough. Alex Rios has had a very good year but now is the leading White Sox player that is expected to be traded. All total, they just haven’t scored the runs they should have or gotten clutch hits when they needed them. The result is a team that should have been above .500 at the very least, entering the All-Star break at a whopping 18 games below the .500 mark and several games out of first place.
Is there any relief in sight for the White Sox? Will there be a big turnaround before the start of August? Honestly, I don’t think so. It is hard to put a finger on what exactly the problem has been but chances are it will stick around for the rest of the season. It will likely become the GM’s job to figure out what changes need to be made after the season to try and have a better season in 2014.