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Chicago White Sox: 5 Reasons Why the Franchise Will Win or Lose the AL Central

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Chicago White Sox: 5 Reasons Why the Franchise Will Win or Lose the AL Central
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The White Sox will need the trio of Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and Carlos Quentin to carry them offensively if they want to make the playoffs

This has been one of the most trying and emotionally exhausting seasons for White Sox fans in recent memory. On paper, this is a team that should steamroll the American League Central and be a serious contender for the AL pennant. Instead, they have been a team mired in mediocrity with more ups and downs than a roller coaster at Six Flags.

The plight of the White Sox fan is whether to stay the course and maintain the belief that the team will come to its baseball sense and start playing like they are capable, or make like the women and children of the Titanic and abandon ship.

For the optimistic minority that believe their beloved can overcome the Tigers and Indians, and the pessimistic majority that have turned their focus to the NFL and their upcoming fantasy football drafts, here are the five deciding factors that will determine if the White Sox will be chanting "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" or if their failure to win will have fans holding their heads in pain saying, "That's Gonna Leave a Mark."

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