The Chicago White Sox are one of the trendiest teams in baseball for this season, as many pundits are deeming them as dark horse World Series candidates.
They have a tremendous young core riddled with home-grown talent, as it appears that years of rebuilding is finally starting to pay off.
Their over/under for regular-season wins this season is set at 31.5, which is staggeringly high given the recent history of the team. For a ballclub that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008, expectations are shockingly high.
However, this is rightfully warranted, as the Southsiders were very active in free agency, hoping to supplement their youth with cagey veterans who provide much-needed experience and dependability.
The American League Central is headlined by both the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, but the White Sox should be able to play a major factor in this divisional race, as they have the pieces in place to cause serious disruption.
They’re going to be one of the most exciting teams in Major League Baseball, and time will tell as to whether or not they can take the next step this season.
The White Sox’s offense is loaded with power, especially at the top of the order. Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, and Edwin Encarnacion are all huge home run hitters, which is necessary for today’s MLB.
They also added veteran Yasmani Grandal in free agency, one of the few catchers in baseball who can hit. He will likely slot into the middle of this lineup, providing much-needed depth for a relatively top-heavy unit.
I wouldn’t be shocked if Chicago finished the season near the top of the league in runs scored and home runs hit, which should bode well for their chances at an American League Central title.
Starting Pitching Depth
Although the offense is lethal, this team’s strength may very well be its starting pitching depth, as the White Sox have seven above-average arms they’ll be able to turn to in this shortened season.
The addition of Dallas Keuchel will be huge for this club, as he’ll be penciled into the second spot in this rotation behind emerging superstar Lucas Giolito.
Dylan Cease, Reynaldo Lopez, Michael Kopech, Gio Gonzelez, and Carlos Rodon are all more than capable starters in this league, which will make for some tough decisions for manager Rick Renteria.
However, this is a good problem to have given the dynamics of a shortened season, as both injuries and the looming threat of COVID-19 will be tricky issues to navigate for all teams.
Regardless, there is a lot to like about this White Sox team, as they’re well-positioned to be a contender in the American League for a long, long time.
If either the Twins or Indians struggle out of the gate, Chicago will be in a really good spot to seize control of the division. I think the Sox are great value at +325 to win the American League Central, and I wouldn’t be shy to sprinkle some on their World Series odds either, where they are currently +1800.