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Thanks to the Stanley Cup Final, the NBA Finals and the World Cup I haven’t spent nearly as much time paying attention to the White Sox as I normally do. And I’m grateful for it because, if you haven’t noticed, the White Sox haven’t been all that good lately.
Since improving to 31-30 earlier this month the Sox have gone and lost 11 of their last 15 games, falling all the way to last place in the AL Central, and honestly, I’m not sure they’re going to bounce back.
I know that the White Sox are currently 32-33 and only 3.5 games out of first place in the AL Central, but even with my history of being unreasonably optimistic about the White Sox, I’m not expecting this team to compete for the postseason this year. I just have a hard time believing this team, with no real bullpen and a starting rotation that’s actually relying on Hector Noesi, is going to contend for the long haul. Hell, they’re in the race now, but they haven’t even won as many games as they lost.
A bad division can make a team look better than it actually is.
But this team isn’t a playoff team. It’s a much better team than 2013, and it’s a lot more enjoyable to watch — THESE KIDS JUST DO NOT QUIT — but October isn’t happening in Chicago this year. In fact, the team we see in September probably won’t be the same as the one we’re watching now.
I still expect the White Sox to be sellers come the trade deadline, and one of the players I feel has a good chance of being moved is Gordon Beckham.