The Chicago White Sox were relatively quiet at the MLB trade deadline, acquiring only left-handed reliever Jake Diekman. It came as a bit of a surprise considering the team is only 3.0 games out of the final AL Wild Card spot. One MLB insider pointed out the remaining hole that could cost Chicago down the stretch.
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ESPN's Bradford Doolittle explained how the White Sox's lack of talent at the second base position has to be their biggest worry moving forward. Current starter Josh Harrison is a capable glove and even ranks fifth in FanGraphs' defensive rankings. It's at the plate where Chicago struggles most.
White Sox second basemen have posted an underwhelming .611 OPS on the year and Harrison is the best option they got (.683 OPS). That's simply because Leury Garcia is having a dreadful season. Garcia has the fifth-most plate appearances of any Chicago hitter despite posting a dismal .236 OBP.
It's not like there was a shortage of upgrade options at the deadline, either. The Toronto Blue Jays picked up Whit Merrifield for a pair of prospects and the San Diego Padres acquired Brandon Drury in exchange for one prospect. Chicago's only strategy left is to watch if anyone pops up on the DFA market.
In the best case scenario, the White Sox get lucky as Harrison continues his latest hot streak or a veteran suddenly becomes available. In the worst case scenario, they have a player in the lineup no opposing pitcher is afraid to face. Only one of those outcomes aides in the quest for a playoff spot.
The White Sox have odds set at +4500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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