July will save or officially break the Chicago White Sox seasonTodd Welteron July 1, 2022 at 2:30 pm

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The Chicago White Sox have been a disappointment through much of the 2022 season. A season that started with World Series expectations has been a slog of injuries, poor defense, offensive struggles, terrible baserunning, and more losing than winning.

Entering July, the Chicago White Sox are one of the most disappointing teams in baseball.

The White Sox are four games under .500 and sit below the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Guardians in the AL Central Division standings.

This was supposed to be a team that would run away with the AL Central Division. Instead, injuries have kept the Chicago White Sox from rolling out a consistent lineup. The injury problem feels a bit like Whack-A-Mole. One player returns from the injured list only for another player to get hurt and be sent to the IL.

This season has not been what Chicago White Sox fans envisioned, but despite that fact, there is still time.

The offense has been inconsistent throughout the season. The team is in the Major’s top-10 in batting average but it is in the bottom half in home runs, walks, and slugging percentage. The team is just two weight runs created plus (wRC+) less the league average-which is 100.

The Chicago White Sox defense is also in the bottom half of the league in fielding percentage and errors committed.

The pitching has been inconsistent throughout the season. The White Sox team ERA is in the league’s bottom ten. That is also because of numerous injuries to the bullpen and ace Lucas Giolito struggling in June.

That means the Chicago White Sox have a very slim margin for error. It does not help the margins when manager Tony La Russa keeps making questionable in-game decisions and lineup cards.

It seems like all hope is lost but the Sox have a month to make up some critical ground and get back into the thick of the division and playoff race.

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