Many more questions than answers

Please allow me to channel the energy of every White Sox fan, from Bridgeport to Bridgeview, from Calumet City to Rockford.  I want to take responsibility for what you’re feeling, all your frustrations, and all your angst.  I’ll do my best to shape your emotions into questions, free of profanity and relatively free of accusations. 

I hope it’s a cathartic experience.  Therapy is important, but conventional therapy is so expensive.

I hope this blog post is like a deep breath, a cold beer, and a warm blanket combined. 

Who is going to run this squad next year?

Joe Girardi is currently without a managing job.  Mike Scioscia might be looking for a gig soon.  Former Sox center fielder and grinder Darin Erstad is at the University of Nebraska, maybe anxious to get back to the big leagues.  It would be sad for Ricky Renteria to get the boot twice in the same town, but the White Sox aren’t a charitable organization.  Being nice doesn’t win games.

Is Jose Abreu going to be traded?

Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Luis Robert, Dane Dunning, Micker Adolfo, Zack Burdi, and Jake Burger are all Sox prospects that are or were hurt since the beginning of this season. The Sox need minor league depth. This list of injuries proves that.

When will Yoan Moncada be moved from second base?

Moncada was charged with one error yesterday against the Twins, but he actually made three of them. He dropped a fly ball that was ridiculously called a double, and he pulled Matt Davidson off first with an errant throw, and that dribbler was called an infield single.  He has 20 errors, officially, and that ties him for fourth most (with teammate Tim Anderson) in the major leagues.  He is a left fielder, and the Sox are going to be stubborn and trot him out to second against next year, I guarantee it.

When will Steve Stone and Jason Benetti stop pretending Anderson is currently performing like a top tier major league shortstop?

It’s disingenuous. The company line.  There are so many better young shortstops in Major League Baseball.  Xander Bogaerts.  Didi Gregorious.  Francisco Lindor.  Carlos Correa.  Trea Turner. Javier Baez.  Paul DeJong.  Corey Seager. Trevor Story.  Come on, enough with how great he has been in the second half.

Who will play third base next year?

I LOVE YOLMER SANCHEZ! However, he is not a starting third baseman on a contending team.  So, if the Sox start next season with him as the starting third baseman, rather than as a utility player off the bench, they may be sending a message to the league and their fans that they don’t intend to contend in 2019. 

If not Yolmer, than who?

Josh Donaldson?  Too old.  Manny Machado?  Too expensive.  Eduardo Escobar?  The Sox traded him for Francisco Liriano in 2012.  David Freese?  Come on man.

What is the outfield going to look like next year?

Are the Sox going to trot out Nicky Delmonico, Leury Garcia, Adam Engel, Ryan Cordell, Ryan LaMarre, and Charlie Tilson next year?  If so, 2019 will be similar to 2018.  The Sox minor league depth beyond pitching is in the outfield, which leads to the next question…

What outfield prospect (other than Jimenez, obviously) will separate himself from the pack?

This year it was Luis Gonzalez, a 2017 third round pick out of the University of New Mexico.  His slash line of .307/.368/.498 stood out from anybody in the pack not named Jimenez.  Others that may need to accelerate quickly in order for a fresh look in the Sox outfield next season include Robert, Blake Rutherford, Luis Basabe, Adolfo, and dark horse candidates Joel Booker and Alex Call. 

Will Carlos Rodon stay healthy?

If history is an indicator, no.

Will James Shields be back?

As God is my witness, it physically hurt to type that question.

Is there a chance Nick Madrigal’s career will go the way of Gordon Beckham’s?

Beckham is still hanging on. In 49 at bats with the Seattle Mariners this year, Gordo batted .186 with 1 rbi.  I remember when he was going to be the next Nellie Fox. 

Lastly, how does the rebuild look to you?

Nevermind.  Don’t answer that. 

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