The Chicago White Sox entered the 2022 season with high hopes that they would be in contention for the American League title. Since then, the year has been nothing short of an up and down roller coaster. Things have never been consistently good or consistently bad.
As a result, they enter their Saturday night game at .500 with a 63-63 record. There are many worse teams out there, but they didn’t come hoping to win the World Series. It was as big a disaster as expected.
This Saturday game will be very revealing for them. They face a very good pitcher in Merrill Kelly who is 10-5 with a 2.87 ERA. Davis Martin is set to get a start for the White Sox in place of Michael Kopech, who is on the 15-day injured list.
If the White Sox don’t make the playoffs, changes need to be made. First, it all starts with the owner. Jerry Reinsdorf has outdone everyone and hired his friend Tony La Russa as the team’s new manager after they fired Rick Renteria. It was a big mistake.
The Chicago White Sox have a lot of people to blame for 2022.
Tony deserves a lot of censure. He made very bad decisions throughout the season. Once he was the greatest manager in the game, but in today’s game he is no longer the same. He was supposed to be the one to help this team take the next step, but that didn’t happen.
Rick Khan also deserves a lot of censure. There are a lot of players who aren’t very good defensively out of position, which is not what winning teams do. He has not made the necessary updates to the squad after a very promising 2021 season.
Almost every coach also deserves blame. Joe McEwing is the worst third base coach in the league. He doesn’t help the White Sox make good choices on base paths at all. It needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
Frank Menechino has been the main problem this season. He’s the hitting coach for the White Sox, so he deserves a lot of blame for their very poor hitting approach. They play a lot of singles well, but don’t add power to the mix. Their stagnant resentment really hurts them.
Last but not least, players need to be better too. Many people experience the worst years of their careers at the same time. There are a lot of players on this team who need to take a good look at themselves in the mirror this offseason.
From now on, we can only hope that the White Sox will do whatever is necessary to prepare for a strong 2023 season. In addition, the future of this team is vague. Changes are needed on all fronts.