After an early departure, the club sees a future
Cuban White Sox star José Abreu would have liked nothing more than to be preparing for another game and for a chance to keep Chicago’s postseason aspirations alive.
But the Cuban wasn’t going to let a bitter ending ruin an otherwise sweet season.
“It just happened. I can’t detract from what Houston did because they are a good team, ”Abreu said, a day after the White Sox were overwhelmingly eliminated by the Astros in the AL Division Series. “At the same time, I think we did a pretty good job. We did the best we could. They were just better in the end. “
Loaded with stars like Abreu and Tim Anderson, and with Hall of Famer Tony La Russa back for a second stint at the helm of the franchise that gave him his first managerial job in the majors, the White Sox aspired to make it. far.
Another early exit sure wasn’t the plan. After winning the AL Central title, they lost the division series against the Astros in four games. And they weren’t even close.
Now the focus is on the upcoming season and a future that still looks promising for a team that has a wide variety of young stars.
With one of the best lineups and pitching staff in their bullpen, the White Sox went 93-69 and outscored Cleveland by 13 games in the division. Their win total was the highest they had since the 2005 World Series winning team posted a 99-63 record.
They had never made the postseason before in consecutive years. But after being eliminated by Oakland in the wild card round in 2020, they got their pass again with everything and Luis Robert and Eloy Jiménez were out for a considerable period due to injuries. On the other hand, Chicago only won one postseason game for the second year in a row.
Now, as the White Sox look forward, there are problems they need to fix:
One of the big questions is whether La Russa will be back.
The three-time World Series champion said managers are the first to decide and then the players.
The White Sox have a $ 16 million option to renew reliever Craig Kimbrel. It’s not hard to imagine them applying it and trying to trade the eight-time All-Star pick. — AP