Few White Sox fans may remember that the team was only four games out of first place last season on August 18th.
While the White Sox struggled early last year under the weight of lofty expectations going into the 2011 season, they still had a shot at playoff contention late in the summer.
The Tigers ended any White Sox playoff hopes by surging late, highlighted by a 12-game winning streak and 30 wins in their last 40 games, topping the White Sox in the AL Central by 16 games.
The White Sox have been clicking for most of the 2012 season, sitting atop the AL Central after the midway point of the season.
They are in the top five in runs scored by American League teams and are sixth-best in pitching. The team also has the best fielding percentage in the league.
Despite their first-half success, the White Sox hold a slim lead over the second-place Indians and the third-place Tigers.
In order to make a surprising visit to the postseason this year, the White Sox need to improve some aspects of their game, while continuing their solid performance.
Here are seven second-half improvements the White Sox need to make in order to ensure meaningful October baseball games are played in Chicago this year.