Kansas City v. White Sox Preview
Another series, another step closer the White Sox come to being forced to pawn off their remaining talent to the highest bidder. Due to the lack of high performance Sox fans have come to expect fans are becoming disgruntled with the team and the management. After all, this is general manager Rick Hahn’s first year at the helm after being the heir apparent for years. What fans fail to realize is, though Hahn has not produced a winner this year (which is not all his fault in the first place), he has produced something the White Sox have lacked for almost a half decade: direction.
Sure, the Sox just got swept by one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball, but that could be what Rick Hahn needed to see in order to sway him in the direction of selling. While there may have been other losses this year that fans could point to and say “we should have stopped there”, the Twins series was convincing because the Sox were swept in rather convincing fashion. In order to stay positive on the outlook of things I have begun rooting for the Sox to lose because them winning and coming back would do nothing but provide heartbreak when they barely miss the playoffs or get knocked out in the division series. I find solace in the fact that the Sox can get a solid draft pick next year and yet again start hammering away at building up a solid farm system and building another perennial contender in two or three years.
As for now, the Sox head to Kansas City to square off against the pesky Royals who are currently sitting at third in the division, five games and a half games behind the leading Detroit Tigers. Sox fans shouldn’t expect the Sox to do much against the Royals in Kauffman and they should be fine with that as they try to catch the Miami Marlins for the number one pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. The Pale Hose are 3-7 in their last ten and ten and a half games back of the Tigers in the Central. A sweep by the Royals could seal the fate for Rick Hahn and his 2013 White Sox.
Friday, June 21st
Hector Santiago, 2-5, 3.30 ERA v Jeremy Guthrie, 7-4, 3.72 ERA
Saturday, June 22nd
Jose Quintana, 3-2, 3.86 ERA v Wade Davis, 4-5, 5.18 ERA
Sunday, June 23rd
Dylan Axelrod, 3-4, 4.39 ERA v James Shields, 2-6, 2.72 ERA