(Audacy) The White Sox were expected to make the playoffs by most projections prior to the season, but they've underperformed.
Despite their struggles, the White Sox (55-53) are just two games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central and three games back of a wild-card spot entering play Monday. A playoff berth is still well within reach, and fans can enjoy a pressure-packed final two months of the season.
But should White Sox fans be happy with only a potential playoff berth? Shane Riordan and Gabe Ramirez addressed that question while discussing the White Sox’s season and what their expectations should be on Audacy’s South Siders podcast.
“This is a bad, bad division," Riordan said. "But what I’m tired of is just working for, expecting and getting excited for a division title. I’m tired of getting excited for a division title. The AL Central title should be the expectation. The win in the ALDS should be the expectation. And then the ALCS and the World Series, that’s where you should start thinking about things.
“In market No. 3 with what this payroll should be and the money that this team takes in, if Rick Hahn, Kenny Williams, and Jerry Reinsdorf in this coming offseason don’t put every single f—--- penny possible toward building a championship-level ballclub, then I’m going to start reconsidering how much time, money, and mental willpower I spend on this baseball team. It’s incredibly frustrating.”
The White Sox didn’t make any moves of significance at the trade deadline last Tuesday.
“Rick Hahn for the last five, six years has told you that the injured players that you get back around the deadline are like free-agent acquisitions. Whatever,” Riordan continued. “Hopefully Luis Robert stays healthy, Eloy’s looked awesome swinging the bat lately.”
Eloy Jimenez has indeed swung the bat well recently, hitting .408 (20-for-49) with four homers and a 1.117 OPS in his past 13 games.
Robert recently returned after missing a few weeks. He's slashing .299/.335/.456 with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs in 77 games this season.
If the White Sox can stay healthy and go on a run, maybe it’ll give the front office the confidence they need to go out and spend this offseason as Riordan suggested.