By Demario Phipps-Smith @DemarioPSmith on April 11, 2014
The Chicago White Sox had a pretty abysmal 2013 season. They finished last in the AL Central despite it hosting perennially average (to say the least) teams in the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. To put it into perspective, even the Chicago Cubs had a better record than the South Siders. The 2014 season has started well for the Sox but despite their torrid play, the team is only at .500.
There is no question that Chris Sale is a flame-throwing ace. The 6-foot-6 lefty is as good as any young pitcher and anchors the Sox’s pitching staff. Outside of Sale, however, there isn’t much talent. Jose Quintana, the team’s No. 2 starter, would probably be a fourth or fifth pitcher anywhere else. The Sox should really consider making a trade for more pitching if they remain in contention.
Things began so well for Avisail Garcia this year. He was hitting and fielding well, and appeared to be the Sox’ best defensive option in the outfield. Then he suffered a shoulder injury and is now out for the season after surgery. Dayan Viciedo will fill in for him, and he his anything but a defensive stud.
Jose Abreu has been everything as advertised. In fact, the entire farm system called up to the majors has been performing well for Chicago — so far. The problem with rookies (even sensational ones) is that they aren’t consistent, and who would really expect them to be? This is their first time doing everything on the biggest level. I can’t imagine that everyone will maintain this level of production.
Sergio Santos and Addison Reed were both good closers for the South Siders, but the team decided to part ways with them. Then the Sox bought in Matt Lindstrom to fulfill the closer role. Already, he has allowed three runs in three games. Lindstrom’s career ERA is 3.60, which is not very impressive for a closer. There are big concerns with this 34-year-old.
Garcia’s injury is only the most recent for the Sox. This is too young of team to withstand an attack from the injury bug. Young players like Gordon Beckham have proved that they are not quite ready to lead this team to success. It is imperative that this team stays healthy, and it is not looking too well right now.
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