Detroit Tigers: Five Bold Second-Half Predictions for AL Central

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Jul 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher

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(62) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox post winning record

That wouldn’t have been a big bold prediction before the season, but now it is based on how Chicago has played. Just over two weeks ago, the White Sox were 32-42 and firmly in last place in the AL Central.

But since then, Chicago has gone 9-3 and have won four straight series. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija is finally pitching well and is a big part of the resurgence. He has allowed just one run over his last 16 2/3 innings.

At 41-45, the White Sox are still in the Wild Card race, so if the front office firmly believes they can make a run, not only could they keep Samardzija, but maybe they could add a player or two.

If Chicago goes for it, expect them to climb out of the cellar and win at least 82 games.

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