by Michael Many
I’m a White Sox fan. Or at least right now, I’m a Blackhawks fan who supports the baseball club known as the Chicago White Sox. Because I am a White Sox fan, and because this team was relatively unchanged from a 2012 campaign that saw them go 85-77, I thought that a few additions, the improvement of a few young players, and a bit of luck would result in a similar season as 2012. Here’s what I wrote in my preview back before the season started:
“There are a lot of things that need to go well for the Sox to compete, and the very real possibility that things go all Walter White and break bad. The key pieces for the Sox are pretty straightforward. Keep Sale, Peavy, and Floyd healthy, and receive some starting pitching support from any combination of Q, Santiago, Axel Rose, and Johnny Danks. Get Adam Dunn a bit higher over the Mendoza Line. Keep the Tank moving forward as he blows through enemy lines (pitching staffs).[…] I think this will be a solid White Sox team, and with the veteran leadership in the clubhouse and Robin at the helm, they will compete every day.”
After the Sox lost their 8th game in a row yesterday, dropping from 24-24 to 24-32 over that span, I realized that I was kind of right and kind of wrong in my prediction. Unfortunately, I was kind of right about the fact that there are a lot of things that need to go well, and I was kind of right that things could break bad. And I was kind of wrong that they would compete every day. So let’s see what’s caused this team to go from quietly hopeful in April to utterly unwatchable in June.