Three games into the second half of the season, the Chicago White Sox season has reached a crossroads. Coming out of the break, the White Sox appeared to have a favorable series matchup against the Angels, a team who has consistently been in the AL’s bottom five teams all season long. However, instead of using these three games as a springboard to start the second half, the Sox lost all three games and only scored one run.
Following this past weekend’s sweep , the White Sox are 45-46, 5.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the race for the second Wild Card in the AL. The White Sox front office should fire Manager Robin Ventura in order to try and turn this season around. Ventura, who has been the manager since 2012, is 342-397 in that span. His contract is up at the end of the season, so it’s not like they will owe him any money after this season.
The White Sox started the season 23-10, and then went 10-23 in their next 33 games. The start of the season shows that this team is fully capable of turning it around and putting themselves back in contention for a playoff spot. Firing the manager might just be the jolt this veteran team needs to get their season back on track. If Ventura gets the ax, and the Sox don’t turn it around, they can just hit the reset button with a new manager next season. They wouldn’t have to keep his midseason replacement, whomever it may be.
Chicago cannot afford to waste another of ace pitcher Chris Sale’s prime seasons without the team contending for a playoff spot. Sale is 14-3, with a 3.38 ERA, heading into his second half opening start against the Seattle Mariners tonight. With an elite arm like his, management should do whatever it takes to make winning a high priority.
Robin Ventura has shown over 4.5 years, with only one season above .500, that teams under his leadership cannot win enough games. He has to go now if the White Sox have any hope in 2016.