AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhThe White Sox need better production from Adam Dunn if they're going to make up ground in the AL Central.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's plan seemed simple enough: Bring aboard enough talent, and if they play to their capabilities a playoff berth would be waiting.
It was sound enough in theory. It has been anything but routine in application.
Adam Dunn's struggles are the most talked about but the White Sox have a number of players not meeting expectations, with Alex Rios' issues right behind Dunn.
The starting rotation has been the most consistent group, but everything and everybody has had their struggles at one point from the bullpen to the production with runners in scoring position to the defense, which has rebounded from its dreadful start.
While the White Sox have exhibited all the characteristics of a classic .500 ballclub, time still remains for them to turn things around. They have handicapped themselves with a horrific April and a first half that was below expectations, but with nobody running away with the American League Central, they aren't out of contention by any means.
Of all the things wrong with the club, there is one thing missing that could turn things around. The White Sox didn't have a win streak longer than four games in the first half and a dominating two-week stretch could still make a huge impact.
Here are some midseason grades for White Sox players and members of management, with an opportunity for readers to give their own assessment. Agree or disagree, it's your choice. Share your thoughts in the comments section.