The 2014 Chicago White Sox are the antithesis of last season’s squad. They are brash, energetic and the offense is full of the never-say-die attitude that was largely missing from the team that went 63-99 in 2013.
Of course, much of the renewed optimism is due to the play of Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu and the ever-dominant Chris Sale. They are only a small part of the reason that the White Sox have gone from being an embarrassment to being highly entertaining, however. There are others, like Conor Gillaspie (.341/.396/.439) and Adam Dunn (.273/.419/.515), who are playing larger-than-expected roles in the team’s success.
For every player who has exceeded expectation, unfortunately, there is one who has been a disappointment. Guys like Erik Johnson (0-1, 9.58 EA, 2.226 WHIP) and Alejandro De Aza (.179/.200/.410) have been downright bad to start the season. And it is their play that has kept this team from sitting atop the AL Central.
With 13 games down and 149 yet to play, though, there are two position players who have surprised the fanbase most with their performances and one pitcher and one position group that have been the most disappointing.
Let’s take a look.