Just How Big of Trouble Are the Chicago White Sox In? Part I

JJ SSenior Writer IAugust 12, 2008

It's no secret: The White Sox haven't played like a playoff team since the All-Star break. They're 11-12 since July 15, allowing the Twins to stick around in the American League Central race.

The Sox have had their chances to pull away in the division, but dropping three of four in Minneapolis killed most of those chances. They've lost four of their six games against Kansas City after the All-Star break, and the upcoming three-game series at home against Kansas City doesn't look to be as easy as it should be.

Scott Linebrink's shoulder is still a big issue, Joe Crede seems to have gone AWOL, and Jose Contreras may have thrown his last pitch in the majors.

Boone Logan, who was dominant in the first three months of the season, was sent down to AAA Charlotte last week after seeing his ERA balloon into the 4.00s.

Javier Vazquez still is struggling, and Gavin Floyd and Mark Buehrle haven't been as consistent as they have been over stretches this year.

Yes, there are a lot of reasons to be worried about the White Sox. But just how worried should White Sox fans be about their team?

Continue reading the article HERE at Examiner.com and see how the White Sox pitching staff likely will fair for the rest of the year.