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White Sox Eliminated, What’s Next?

After yesterday’s defeat to the Oakland Athletics, 6-4, the Chicago White Sox are officially eliminated from the Postseason. The Sox got off to a hot start early in the game offensively, starting with Luis Robert’s 487 foot homer in the 2nd. However they never got it going with their pitching. For the Sox it was their first winner-takes-all game in franchise history. With their pitching, the Sox started with Dane Dunning before quickly turning to Garrett Crochet in the first. Manager Rick Renteria wanted to maintain aggressiveness in pitching, but failed to gain consistency throughout the game using 9 pitchers throughout the game.

This series of questionable pitching changes and decisions is something that has haunted Renteria and the Sox, especially late in the season when the Sox went from first in the American League, to one of the Wild Card teams within the last 10 games of the regular season. Despite this, the 2020 season was a memorable one for the Sox. 

 

Starting with the delay and uncertainty surrounding the MLB season as a whole due to the COVID pandemic, this year has been one full of surprises. One of the biggest surprises was the sudden emergence of the Chicago White Sox. The Sox put together one of the most exciting offensive performances in MLB history. The Sox were among the best in both the American League and the Majors in most offensive categories such as hits, home runs, and RBIs.

 

Led by likely AL MVP Jose Abreu, the Sox are here, and this young core is seemingly here to stay. With great talent across the board with Abreu, Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Yoan Moncada, the White Sox have a roster that is ready to compete. And the future is even better with younger talent in Andrew Vaughn and Garrett Crochet. Pending free agents include Catcher James McCann, Designated Hitter Edwin Encarnacion, and LHP Gio Gonzalez.

 

Pitching has still been a question mark for the Sox, led by Lucas Giolito (threw a no-hitter in 2020 and had a perfect game bid through 6 innings in Game 1) and Dallas Keuchel (2nd in ERA in 2020 in the AL) the Sox are still in need for at least another pitcher in the rotation. Garrett Crochet, a rookie, has made appearances out of the bullpen and it is likely he will transition to becoming a full time starter.

 

Where the Sox also need to improve is with management. Rick Renteria has been great for this Sox core, but his decision making as it relates to pitching and managing the bullpen has been one that has hurt the Sox. The hitting has improved vastly from the last few seasons, but the Sox still struggle in chasing pitches. One decision that the Sox will need to make is whether or not Renteria is the man to manage this team, or is it time to bring in change.

 

Whatever the Sox decide to do this offseason, this team has put the American League on notice. The Chicago White Sox are here, they are young, and they are only going to get better.

 

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