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Chicago White Sox’ 2014 First-Half Report Card

Chicago White Sox: First-Half Report Card

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Frustration. That seems to be the only word that can describe the first half of the season for the Chicago White Sox. We've all seen this movie before: a banged up, under-performing bullpen, shaky back end of the starting rotation, pathetic base running and a few hitters carrying the offense. The Sox are fourth in the AL Central and not showing any signs of improvement. I graded the struggling South Siders' first half.

Offense: A

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Offense: A

Jose Abreu White Sox
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The White Sox are top ten in runs scored and home runs. A big part of that is rookie Jose Abreu who has hit 29 homers and has 73 RBIs. Abreu was joined on the All-Star team by shortstop Alexei Ramirez who leads the team in hits with 103. Third baseman Connor Gillaspie has proven that he is a major league level player, and he leads the team in batting average and on-base percentage.

Defense: D

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Defense: D

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It is the same story year after year with the White Sox. Scoring runs is rarely a problem, but picking up the baseball seems impossible. The middle infielders have put together a miserable first half in the field. Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez both have nine errors. The outfield has not been much better, as Dayan Viciedo still takes the worst angles I’ve ever seen on fly balls. The team ranks fifth in the American League in errors.

Starting Pitching: B

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Starting Pitching: B

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Chris Sale is obviously a bona fide ace and leads the charge for the staff, but Jose Quintana has been pretty reliable and John Danks has resurrected his career. Unfortunately, the back of the rotation has struggled. Scott Carroll, Andre Rienzo and Hector Noesi have split time but all have been woeful. I would have loved to grade them higher, but the back end has not warranted an “A”. The Sox have the 12th best ERA in the American League.

Bullpen: D-

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Bullpen: D-

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The Sox were set to rely on Matt Lindstrom and Nate Jones heavily this season, both of whom got injured early in the season (injuries being the only thing keeping them from an "F"). Chicago's bullpen has the fifth-worst ERA in MLB and continues to lose games in the eighth and ninth innings. Pitching coach Don Cooper loves first-pitch strikes, but this bullpen seems to despise them. The team is second in the AL in blown saves.

Coaching: D

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Manager Robin Ventura continues to mishandle his relief pitchers and seems clueless when it comes to situational baseball. After a successful first season with the Sox in 2012, when he was a Manager of the Year finalist, Ventura has struggled. The team is in a battle for last place in the AL Central and fans are growing restless. Ventura may be on the hot seat at the conclusion of this season.