It’s not that you need to return all that far for a season by an MLB group that was as disappointing, confounding, and general simply as massive of a waste of time because the 2022 Chicago White Sox. It was simply final yr that the San Diego Padres acquired each participant that wasn’t nailed down, after which completed below .500 whereas the Dodgers and Giants sprinted away from them within the NL West they usually missed the playoffs utterly. So it’s not unprecedented.
Nonetheless, the Padres had been attempting to create one thing new, and nonetheless needed to chase down the Dodgers. In the meantime, the Sox had been coming off an AL Central title final yr, returned the very same group with a few added relievers. They usually shouldn’t have been dealing with something in their very own division. The Twins had been attempting to hail a comet by signing Carlos Correa to basically a one-year deal, however had been nonetheless too reliant on Byron Buxton with the ability to hold all of the rubber bands that maintain him collectively in place and a pitching workers that might have a few steps to climb to attain “nameless.” Cleveland was sporting a complete roster that’s nameless past Jose Ramirez.
And that’s nonetheless the case. The Guardians are solely on tempo for 88 wins, a complete the Sox ought to have achieved in a fugue state. As whiskey-dick as your entire season has been, the Sox nonetheless had one final miracle left to try to save themselves this week. A 3-game collection at house towards Cleveland they needed to sweep to have any likelihood. And like they’ve spent your entire season doing, they sleepwalked onto a rake and now can sit up for placing their followers out of their distress in two weeks’ time. There isn’t anybody related to the Sox, in any means, who gained’t be delighted that this season is over: the gamers, the entrance workplace that’s been neutered by the proprietor, the followers who’ve been exhausted by all of it. Hardly ever has a group wanted to go away as a lot as this one does.
Oh certain, the maths nonetheless says it’s attainable. As you discovered if you had been about eight, math isn’t your good friend. Math is right here to make you’re feeling like shit. Six video games out, which is basically seven as a result of Cleveland has the tiebreaker, with 13 video games to play. The Sox mainly should run the desk from right here. They gained’t.
We’ve chronicled everything that’s gone fallacious or been amiss with the White Sox all through the summer time. They didn’t play very arduous, they had been dumber than a submit, on protection they handled the ball like flubber, and for some purpose on offense they thought it was 1982 they usually had been going to single their solution to victory as a substitute of mashing the ball into plasma like they had been designed to do. Oh, they usually couldn’t keep wholesome both, with varied dumpy asses hitting the IL with some soft-tissue harm, repeatedly.
All of that will sully a Cy Young-worthy season from Dylan Cease, the only thing Sox fans had to look forward to on the roster besides the surprise netting of Johnny Cueto right as the season dawned.
And with one last gasp, one last chance to haul themselves out of the muck they let fill the house, the Sox face planted. On Tuesday, they couldn’t get to Aaron Civale, coming off the IL, until Cleveland’s defense let them back in. The Guardians outlasted them in 11 innings, when that bullpen that GM Rick Hahn decided to waste his spare cash on instead of the holes at second or in the outfield couldn’t endure. On Wednesday, the Sox got their dicks kicked in, coming nowhere close to threatening Tristan McKenzie while Lance Lynn was pummeled.
And now their fans can put them down. The whole campaign has been bad drunk sex, hoping for a conclusion that long ago became obvious wasn’t possible but would be brought on by some cosmic miracle, meanwhile what’s supposed to be fun becomes grinding work and pointless. Apt given the usual sobriety ranges of their supervisor. Now everybody can go to mattress for the winter and take a look at once more when clear-eyed.