Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Will the Tigers Catch the White Sox?

Prior to Spring Training 2012, I didn't think the Chicago White Sox stood a chance in the American League Central. Ozzie Guillen and Mark Buehrle departed for Miami. Adam Dunn had a horrible 2011 with no apparent sign that 2012 would be any better. In place of Guillen, General Manager Kenny Williams named Robin Ventura manager. Yes, he was a former star for the Sox in the 1990s, but he possessed no actual managerial experience of any kind. At the time of his hiring, he was a volunteer high school coach. Suddenly, he was the manager of a charter team in the American League.

As of this morning, the White Sox hold a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers. The Sox are 50-43 and the Tigers are 50-44. Currently, the White Sox are on a three-game slide including a 4-2 loss to the Tigers last night. The two team matchup again this afternoon and Sunday.

To say the White Sox have overachieved this season is an understatement. When news broke that Prince Fielder bolted from the Milwaukee Brewers to sign with the Detroit Tigers, I was certain that Detroit would win the AL Central title with ease. It's hard to fathom that they haven't run away from the pack, but that is exactly where we stand in late-July.

Will the White Sox make a move to remain in contention? Only time will tell. The non-waiver trading deadline is Tuesday, July 31.

Ho,hum, you are discussing the other teams in that Central Division of the American League. It is a good thing that neither team is in either the AL East or the AL West because neither one would be in contention for even a sixth playoff spot. The Yankees and Rangers will battle for the AL Championship in October and the winner of that series will eventually be the World Champions.
BeanCounter37   Saturday, July 21, 2012
As of today, The Tigs are in first place.
BeanCounter37   Sunday, July 22, 2012
Detroit completed a sweep of Chicago this afternoon. I'll be curious to see how the White Sox face the rest of the season.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, July 22, 2012
I didn't think the White Sox would be very good this year either. I'm going to their game tomorrow against the Twins because a friend invited me. Not a big fan, but I still root for them when I go to their games.
jef   Sunday, July 22, 2012
I never imagined they would be in contention this deep into the season.
Bill Pearch   Monday, July 23, 2012
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