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.