Chicago White Sox: Heading in the Wrong Direction?

Midwest Sports FansAnalyst IAugust 27, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 09:  Octavio Dotel #26 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the pitch during the game against the Cleveland Indians on August 9, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I am not really sure if the White Sox are moving in the correct direction. 

Were the moves that Kenny Williams made at the trade deadline meant to stock up the current team for the playoff push, or to lay down the foundation for next year’s team?

I do not think that anyone will argue with me when I say that one of our biggest liabilities is the pitching staff—more specifically, the bullpen. There are certain pitchers that come out in relief, and all you can hope for is that they are not going to pitch like it's batting practice.

I cannot explain the level of frustration that I feel when I am listening to a game and I hear that Octavio Dotel or Scott Linebrink are warming up.

The move to bring in Jake Peavy was a good one. But if and when he comes back this season, he will still need run support, and that appears to be lacking as of late. 

And while I am a supporter of Freddy Garcia due to his performance in 2005, I am not really sure if he gives us a greater chance of winning the division this season.

Speaking of the division, while the White Sox have been hanging around most of the season, they're not gaining any ground on the Tigers, and are currently tied with the Twins in third place in the AL Central.

I am just not sure if what we are seeing is a team that has just lost its stride and is going to limp through the rest of the season, or one with the potential to still turn things around. 

Trust me when I say that I hope that I am wrong, but I think that the writing is on the wall, and not even a healthy Peavy can come in and save the day.


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