I picked the White Sox at the beginning of the season, yet here they are as a sub .500 team after the All Star Break.
They have fallen to third place and there are some rumblings that they might be trading some of their expensive pieces (possibly Edwin Jackson whose shutout yesterday made his value go up.)
So all is lost in the South Side, right?
Not so fast.
They are trailing the Tigers and the first place Indians.
They beat the Tigers at home each of the last 2 games and are off to a quick 3-0 lead today.
And the Indians are up and down and can fall into a slump at any time.
The White Sox can hit...
They have a bunch of arms in their bullpen.
And there is talent in their rotation. Philip Humber, Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, Jake Peavy and John Danks all have talent. They just haven't as a group pitched to their ability. (The depth of their starting staff is what made me pick them back in March.)
Let's say the starting staff has a solid August and September.
Let's say the Indians come back to Earth (they can't play the Orioles EVERY weekend) and the Tigers return to the pack.
None of those scenarios are outlandish.
Even sub .500... even with the disappointing pitching staff...
The White Sox are only 4 back in the standings and 5 back of the Indians in the loss column.
In 2 and a half months, they can make up some ground.
Don't be fooled with the .489 winning percentage.
They are contending.