Monday, July 24, 2017
In 2015, I saw the Chicago White Sox play at a home game, and what I saw was kinda nice. There was definitely a foundation building, with a number of young stars like Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson helping established stars like Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche and Alexei Ramirez. They weren't a first place team, but I sensed that something was coming.
Two years later they've shat away all their 2015 foundation and are even worse than they were then. Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia are still great, but this is a scattered mess of has-beens and failed prospects. There's not a ton salvageable, and anything that is will be traded in the next few days. Matt Davidson's leading the team with 18 home runs, and he's barely even having a good season. Yoan Moncada's been brought up, and the team's hoping he's gonna singlehandedly bring them back from obscurity which...never especially happens when you want it to.
The White Sox are banking on people like Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Lucas Giolito to pan out and save the team, like the prospects that saved the Yankees and Cubs. Seeing as how they've screwed up a perfectly good lineup plan in two years, I'm not exactly sure if this is going to work out for them.
Coming Tonight: Catcher for the Brewers.