05 May White “Hot” Sox: Surprise in 1st Place in the AL Central
By: Chris Northrop
White Sox fans were bitter over the off-season after the Cubs won the World Series and celebrated all over Chicago. Worse yet, preseason predictions were unkind, except with regards to the future based on prospects gained from the Sale and Eaton deals.
For the present, the White Sox were considered to be in full rebuilding mode. May 5th, however, finds the White Sox tied with the Indians for first place in the AL Central. The White Sox are sporting a 15-12 record and nearly everyone is shocked. Especially shocking this season has been the bat of Avisail Garcia. The White Sox right fielder has a slash line of .371/.419/.598, 5 HRs, and 23 RBIs. Not even on the radar of preseason predictions, Garcia has had a tremendous spring, along with fellow outfielder, CF Leury Garcia, who is also posting career numbers at the plate. Leury Garcia is having his best year with a .264/.299/.715 line and several multi-hit games.
Derek Holland is another reason the White Sox are surprising fans. After a couple of down years with the Rangers, where he posted a 4.95 ERA and went 7-9 in 2016, Holland has come out strong for the White Sox. Holland is currently 2-2 with a 2.17 ERA. Holland was so impressive in the team’s 8-3 win over the Royals Thursday night that Melky Cabrera and teammates awarded him the team MVP belt.
White Sox fans are hopeful that the winning continues after watching their team get off to a hot start in 2016 only to fizzle quickly and finish 6 games under .500.