The Chicago White Sox have enjoyed a successful first half of the season while parlaying sound baseball into an extended residence atop the standings. The first place White Sox will have to continue hitting on all cylinders if they wish to stay on top, while continuing to confound baseball pundits.
Rookie manager Robin Ventura has the team playing well beyond expectations this season, working with a blend of youth and high-priced veterans.
Despite Paul Konerko saying this past February that the team can be a success without a playoff appearance, it would be a big disappointment if the team wasted their fantastic first half without reaching the postseason.
The 2012 White Sox are not short on success stories to this point. With the resurgence of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy, the team can look to some great moments this year.
If those do become just memories of a third-place team destined for the dustbin of baseball history, it would be a massive letdown for a team that has far exceeded preseason projections.
Here are 10 things that have to continue to happen in the second half for the White Sox to win the AL Central.