DETROIT — Kenny Williams doesn’t want any curse words attached to his name, so he didn’t get into detail about the poor play of the 2015 White Sox.
“You have to imagine the words I have to describe how I’m feeling on this,” the White Sox executive vice president said before Friday’s game from Comerica Park.
While Williams can still imagine the White Sox being capable of reaching the 2015 postseason, he also understands the dire reality of their situation.
As they began play Friday, the 32-40 White Sox sat 10 1/2 games out of first place in the American League Central and another 6 1/2 back in the wild card chase, with 10 teams ahead. Beyond that, the White Sox haven’t shown themselves capable of a sustained run of dominance.
“We’ve got to push,” Williams said. “We’re going to have to have a run, and the great thing is, you can imagine that because you run in Chris Sale and (Jeff) Samardzija and (Carlos) Rodon and (Jose) Quintana out there. You can imagine going on that kind of a run, and we do have the pieces. Certainly right now, if I’m being honest, I don’t see any indication of that.”
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Amid calls for the White Sox to blow up their roster and start over, Williams said the White Sox remain committed to their long-term plan. Though the White Sox are beyond disappointed with the team’s results, they feel like the addition of younger players, the veterans they added in the offseason and the core that already was in place can contend next season. There’s no question that alterations will be made to the roster in the next month, but overall the White Sox plan to stay patient.
“I’ve addressed that with Jerry (Reinsdorf) directly, and his comment to me was, ‘Listen, I thought we were in a pretty darn good position when we left the winter meetings,’” Williams said. “We felt good where we are, but we felt good about where we are for 2015, ’16 and ’17. So we’re not going to abandon ship right now because of three months in what is a three-year plan.”
Though he understands the reality, Williams still can’t help but hang on to a shred of optimism because of the team’s starting rotation. He knows the odds are long for the White Sox to rebound. He just hopes they can find what they need.
“You never know what’s going to click at a given time and you go on a roll,” Williams said. “And when you’ve got this kind of starting pitching and the bullpen to support it, this is the kind of thing, you just need a little offense to support it and a little fundamentally sound baseball. We don’t need anybody to make the great play, we just need them to make the plays they should make.”