Hopeful White Sox start season slowly


Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher, delivers to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 14, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

By Chris Loggins

There is still hope for the White Sox, despite its slow start to the season.

Even though the past few seasons have not been friendly to the White Sox, there were still high expectations for the team coming into the 2015 season. The 2014 season ended with the Sox finishing 73-89, which was only good for fourth in the American League Central. It was considered an improvement from the 2013 season in which the team managed to go 63-99 for a last place mark in the division.

The 2015 season looked to be a huge turnaround for the organization who last won a World Series championship in 2005. It has Chris Sale, one of baseball’s top pitchers; José Abreu, first baseman and 2014 American League Rookie of the Year; Tyler Flowers, a catcher with a bit of promise; a solid pitching rotation and an array of infielders and outfielders who could all contribute to the team’s success.

Many anticipated seeing the Sox compete for a nice spot in the AL Central at the start of the season — me being one of them. I expected Sale to be in heavy consideration for AL and for Cy Young and Abreu to be in serious consideration for AL MVP.

Almost 60 games into the young season, the Sox currently stand tied with the Cleveland Indians for last place in the AL Central with a record of 27-30, a mark I don’t believe many saw coming when they made predictions at the season’s start.

There were early questions about whether manager Robin Ventura would be fired, but no moves have been made yet, as there is still much for the team to prove before making a such decision.

Currently, the Sox are only three games under .500, and have over 100 games left in the season, but hopes for the White Sox are still very much alive. Chris Sale is having an unbelievable season, with a current record of 6-2 and 93 strikeouts in 74 innings of work. His ERA currently stands at 3.04 — a number that I’m sure he’d love to lower — but he’s on great pace for a historic season and has already had three games with at least 12 strikeouts.

Jose Abreu has continued his stellar play from his rookie season, showing no true signs of a sophomore slump. 57 games in, Abreu is hitting .279 with 10 home runs, 35 runs batted in, nine doubles, two triples, 12 walks, and an on base percentage of .336. Sale and Abreu will be expected to continue leading the way for the pitching rotation and lineup, respectively, and will carry a huge load on their shoulders waiting for the rest of the team to catch on and try to make things work. It’d be best for them to catch on sooner than later, as they have a chance to still make this season a successful one and improve on the poor play that has plagued the organization for the past few years.

The White Sox are 6.5 games behind division leading Kansas City, who currently stand at 33-23, and are another team with high expectations after a 2014 season in which they lost the World Series to the San Francisco Giants.

Chicago fans should be tuned in for a while to see how the season goes for the Sox, as the emergence of both the Cubs and Sox as contenders is turning baseball in the city around.