I don’t want to come off sounding like a fair-weather fan (given my bio of mostly Pittsburgh sports), but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Chicago White Sox. I have a Scott Podsednik jersey hanging in the closet at my parent’s house so if that doesn’t give me some credentials, I don’t know what will. Anyways, this 2020 Chicago White Sox team is fun as heck.
The South Siders
After ending 2019 an abysmal 28.5 games back, the Chi-Sox are now tied for the top spot in the AL Central with Cleveland. They’re making all this noise because of an extremely talented bunch of (mostly young) players.
You’ve undoubtedly seen and heard all of the hype for Cuban rookie phenom, Luis Robert. And when he’s not teaching you how to pronounce his name (I’m still not sure how), he’s in the top spot for the rookie league lead in home runs, with one more round-tripper than Kyle Lewis of the Mariners. The rookie of the year of this shortened season is going to come down to one of those men for sure.
Additionally, Lucas Giolito is not only living up to the hype he had when he entered the league, but he is absolutely dominating. He threw a no-hitter against the Pirates on 8/25 racking up 13 strikeouts on 101 pitches. If it weren’t for one measly walk in the 4th inning, he would have had a perfect game. This might be a stretch, but throwing a no-hitter when batters aren’t distracted by fans is even more impressive than the contrary.
Cuban Missiles + TA7
Finally, I know there’s a lot of hype surrounding the Slam Diego Padres and rightfully so. But the Sox can flat out RAKE. The team as a whole has 64 home runs on the season landing them third in the league right now. Jose Abreu isn’t washed up yet and is tied for second in home runs and RBIs behind Fernando Tatis Jr. Eloy Jiminez and Tim Anderson are turning into bona fide stars right before our eyes. Just check out this shellacking the Sox put on the Cubs a few days ago:
What more can I say? If you love home runs, no-hitters, and genuinely good guys, give this Sox team a chance. In a shortened season, anything can happen and these guys are right in the thick of things.
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