Chicago White Sox: Is It Time to Throw in the Towel?
The Chicago White Sox are one of the most inconsistent teams in Major League Baseball. They've shown flashes of brilliance in April and most recently on their five-game winning streak.
Adam Dunn is on pace to have the worst single-season batting average in Major League Baseball history. Alex Rios appears uninterested and lazy. These two highly-paid players are having the worst seasons of their careers. Rios and Dunn were supposed to be staples in the heart of the White Sox lineup.
Despite all this, the White Sox are 57-59 and just four games back of the Detroit Tigers.
Many are asking if the Sox should throw in the towel and call up some of their top prospects. The answer is no!
The White Sox are "all in." Giving up on the team is not going all in.
Here is why the Sox have to keep on fighting:
First, Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel, Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski are heating up.
Second, John Danks, Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and Zach Stewart have put together a nice string of starts. Furthermore, Mark Buehrle is having a Cy Young-caliber year (if Verlander and Weaver weren't pitching out of their minds). Buehrle is 9-5 with a 3.04 ERA.
Third, there is no way Adam Dunn can be this bad.
The White Sox appear to be turning the corner. In a division that is very winnable, another short four or five-game winning streak could put the Sox in first place.
Furthermore, with the waiver deadline coming up, a small move could put the White Sox over the top. I suggest going after Aramis Ramirez. The White Sox need a bat and Aramis Ramirez could really help their lineup. Although, defensively, Ramirez is not as good as Morel, Ramirez's offense will greatly help the lineup.
Ramirez will offer protection for Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin, while alleviating pressure from Adam Dunn and Alex Rios. Ramirez is hitting .285 with 20 home runs and 69 RBI—something the Chi-Sox lineup needs.
Although adding Aramis Ramirez seems unlikely, the White Sox are all in. They have already invested so much in this season, it seems pointless to not see it through.
The White Sox need to make the moves to prove they're all in and play like they're all in.