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Kenny Williams understands White Sox reality, clings to hope


Kenny Williams understands White Sox reality, clings to hope

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.”

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.