Will the White Sox Make the Playoffs…
Coming into this season, the White Sox were not predicted to win anything. Not a pennant, not a playoff game, nothing. With a first-year manager (Robin Ventura), several rookies, and a number of veterans coming off down seasons, the White Sox were looked at as a third-place team at best.
All of the hype right out of the gate was for the Detroit Tigers. With the big free agent signing of Prince Fielder, and perhaps the best player in the game — Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers on paper looked like the team to beat. Don’t forget perhaps the best pitcher in the game as well (Justin Verlander).
The White Sox finished third in 2011 — a game behind second place Cleveland and 16 games back of the Tigers. With 79 wins a season ago, many people thought the Sox would be in the same boat this season — but they weren’t!
The Cleveland Indians were a nice story in 2011. They won 80 games and boasted the American League’s Manager of the Year in Manny Acta. Many people felt that they were an up-and-coming team and perhaps a team to beat in the Central.
The 2012 season couldn’t have gone any worse for Cleveland. As of September 28, the Indians are 65-91 and tied for last place in the division with the Minnesota Twins — another team that has not done what was expected of them this season. And, to make matters worse, Acta was fired on September 27 — no longer the manager of the Tribe.
So with all of this, the White Sox were out to prove people wrong. And that’s just what they did.
The White Sox have played exceptional baseball. Many former Knights have chipped in to the club’s success. In fact, the Knights promoted 17 players in 2012 to the big squad — pretty impressive.
Ventura has done a remarkable job as the club’s manager. He’s found ways to get his club to win ballgames. He’s been able to get players like Adam Dunn and Alex Rios back to their old forms. Both players have put up impressive numbers in 2012. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski has put together a career-year at the plate.
Former Knight Chris Sale has been one of the best pitchers in the American League. The trade of Kevin Youkilis has been a good one for the team and players like Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza have been perfect fits for Chicago.
Add in the resurgance of Jake Peavy and the emergence of Addison Reed, and the White Sox have been a force in the American League.
For their hard work, the White Sox were in first place solely or tied since July 24. After spending two months in first place, however, the White Sox recently lost their grip on the top spot. Chicago has dropped eight of their last nine games and every single game from here on out will be important. With just six games remaining, will the White Sox make the playoffs?
What do you think?
My gut says yes, they make the playoffs. They have been too good this season not to win their division. The Tigers are no slouches and have come on strong when needed, so it won’t be easy now.
It will be an interesting ride the rest of the way.
Let’s Go Sox!