One Last Chance for White Sox to Turn Things Around

Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field - credit City of Chicago_Chris McGuireThe 2015 Chicago White Sox season can be summed up pretty easily. That is, a major disappointment with flashes of foolish hopefulness.

As the Sox enter play Monday night with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, they are seven games under .500 at 51-58 and 7.5 games back of the last American League wild card spot. With 53 games remaining, they are beginning to run out of time to make a run at the postseason. Just 10 days ago, they were only 2.5 games out of the wild card, but an abysmal 2-8 record in their last 10 games has put them back to being hopelessly out of playoff contention.

This season has been the definition of a rollercoaster ride. Strangely enough, the underachieving Sox have somehow separately put together a six-game win streak in May, a 9-2 stretch in early July, and a seven-game win streak in late July. Just imagine how much uglier this season could have been. But following each of those hot streaks have been dry spells that sent the team two steps backward after taking one step forward. They followed up the six-game win streak by losing seven out of nine. They followed up the 9-2 stretch by losing six out of seven. They followed up the seven-game win streak by losing eight out of 10 (and counting).

But in spite of everything that the Sox have endured this year, they are lucky, somewhat, in that they are playing the right sport. The 162-game Major League Baseball season is very forgiving because it gives teams plenty of chances to overcome failure. But as I mentioned above, the Sox need to start winning baseball games right now.

At 7.5 games out of a playoff spot, they don’t have much more time to hover between one and 10 games under .500 like they have all season long.

By choosing not to sell at the trade deadline, the front office felt that the team still could make a run at the playoffs this year. At this point of the season, that decision looks like it could prove to be very costly. Is it possible that the Sox got hot at the worst possible time a couple of weeks ago? Nevertheless, it was nice to see them rattle off seven wins in a row, all on the road, in dominant fashion. If it wasn’t for that stretch, the season would definitely be a lost cause, as opposed to being “kind of” a lost cause.

Chris Sale will toe the rubber tonight for the Pale Hose as they look to get back on the upswing in their rollercoaste ride of a season. When the series with the Angels concludes, the Cubs will come to town for a three-game set of their own. Sale is slated to open and close the six-game homestand. If the Sox want any chance whatsoever of keeping the 2015 season alive, they need to have a very productive homestand.