White Sox Road Ahead: Astros, Royals await after break

White Sox Road Ahead: Astros, Royals await after break
July 14, 2014, 8:00 am
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The White Sox and the rest of Major League Baseball will pause over the next few days for the All-Star break, but once the festivities are over in Minnesota, the second half starts up. Check out what Comcast SportsNet's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton have to say about the Sox upcoming matchups in the White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.

The All-Star break is here, and it comes at a good time for the White Sox.

The South Siders enter the break losers of four of their last five games, and though the bullpen has been a particular point of frustration of late, the Sox have displayed inconsistency all over the field. Sitting at 45-51, how can the Sox turn things around in the second half? Or can they?

"Well, we're not going to change it with player personnel or anybody from the minor leagues," CSN analyst Bill Melton said. "We might get a surprise and get a couple of guys as the second half goes on. Right now, I think we're inconsistent all the way around, whether it's in the bullpen, the starting five or the offense because we have a different lineup all the time, we have guys playing different positions — which is OK. We have one guy really tearing up the league, and that's Abreu. We've got a couple of guys that are playing good, Alexei Ramirez going to the All-Star Game, Abreu at the All-Star Game, Chris Sale, there's a consistent guy on the mound, Johnny Danks has picked it up for about 10 starts.

"I think they're trying to figure out what kind of team are we going to have in 2015."

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Well, whether the Sox can turn things around or not, the games are still there for the playing. A six-game home stand awaits on the other side of the All-Star break with series against the Astros and Royals. What do those two clubs have in store for the Sox?

"It's a very much improved baseball team," Melton said of Houston. "This is a team that's had the No. 1 pick probably for the last four or five years. But they look like they're kind of putting it all together right now.

"As far as the Kansas City Royals, this is a ballclub that I thought would win the division, to be honest with you, and give Detroit a pretty good battle. Now there's a little spread in between them right there, but it looks like they've straightened out their bullpen, they're not hitting a lot of home runs, but they score a lot of runs. Tough on the White Sox."

Catch more of the White Sox Road Ahead in the video above.