The Chicago White Sox currently sit a game under .500. While that is nothing to get excited about, there are a few positives coming out of US Cellular Field.
1) The Sox have scored 106 runs which lead the AL. Sure they’ve also given up that many, but we’ll focus on the positives for the time being.
2) The club has played well at home, winning 6 of 10 games. Again, the road record needs to get better if they hope to make the postseason, but last year the Pale Hose played to a tune of 37-44 in Chicago.
3) Both Gordon Beckham and Jeff Keppinger should be back soon. Sure it’s not like adding Ruth and Bonds, yet the additions likely mean less at-bats for Marcus Siemen and his .222 average.
4) Chris Sale looks nasty. It will be hard to top the numbers he put up in 2013 (226 K’s, 1.07 WHIP, 214.1 innings pitched), but he might just do it this year. If Danks and Quintana can continue to pitch well around him, the rotation will keep the club in a lot of games. The bullpen on the other hand needs some work.
5) Jose Abreu is the real deal. People complained that his swing might be too long over the winter, but the Cuban is proving he can hit MLB arms. The average is a bit concerning (.243), but the OPS (.878) calms many of those fears. Hopefully the average also sees a tick in the right direction after he learns how pitchers are attacking him.