The Chicago White Sox are determined to make the playoffs.
Unlike last year, when they made the playoffs with a 13-game cushion on the division’s second-place team, they’re currently third in AL Central.
Yes, that’s right: The consensus preseason favorites to run away with the division crown are now struggling to pass the Cleveland Guardians and Minnesota Twins in the standings.
The Pale Hose are 61-57, one game behind the Twins and two behind the Guardians, the division leaders at this stage of the season.
While injuries have once again hampered the White Sox, most teams have to deal with them over the long season.
It is also evident that some of their brightest stars have not performed as expected.
The once fearsome White Sox offense is currently 14th in wRC+, with a rating of 101: virtually league average.
They are also 17th in runs scored, with 500, and 26th in homers with just 101.
They are 13th in ERA, with 3.87: if it weren’t for Dylan Quitwho knows where they would be.
The White Sox need all the help they can get
Overall, the numbers don’t lie: they say the White Sox have been mediocre.
However, the organization seems eager to find improvements at all levels.
They recently signed the shortstop Elvis Andrus to a minimum league contract.
It’s a worthy and cheap bet for an experienced shortstop to take over Tim Andersonas he recovers from an injury.
Thankfully, that might not be the only move Chicago made in an effort to improve their chances.
“A little birdie told me the Chicago White Sox aren’t done trying to improve/perfect their roster. We’ll see if they actually do,” FanSided’s Vinnie Parise tweeted.
A little birdie told me that the Chicago White Sox aren’t done trying to improve/perfect their roster.
We’ll see if they actually do. 🥤
— Vinnie Parise (@VinnieParise) August 18, 2022
Let’s see if the reinforcements come from the free agent market or from their own minor leagues.
The White Sox have the division at their fingertips and don’t want to let it slip away.