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Pre-Season Preview; The Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox finished 73-89 last season 4th in the AL central, but they’re determined to be contenders in the 2015 season. This is will be manger, Robin Ventura’s 4th season with the team and they’ve been busy this offseason, loading up on trades and free agents.

 

Key 2015 additions:

SP Jeff Samardzija, 1B Adam LaRoche, LF Melky Cabrera, CL David Robertson, RP Zach Duke, 3B Emilio Bonifacio

Key 2015 losses:

1B Paul Konerko, SP Felipe Paulino, IF Marcus Semien

Projected lineup
CF Adam Eaton
LF Melky Cabrera
1B Jose Abreu
DH Adam LaRoche
RF Avisail Garcia
3B Conor Gillaspie
SS Alexei Ramirez
C Tyler Flowers
2B Carlos Sanchez

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Projected rotation
LHP Chris Sale
RHP Jeff Samardzija
LHP Jose Quintana
LHP John Danks
RHP Hector Noesi

Top relievers
CL David Robertson
LHP Zach Duke
RHP Zach Putnam

The real question is will the new additions mesh well? The White Sox sent a message around the league by loading up on free agents and trades. So whether the team put together the right mix to actually compete right away is a tossup at this point. It sometimes takes a team a year or so to find the right rhythm when you have a new mesh of players.

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Another big question entering the 2015 season is will their starting rotation be deep enough? The team traded a talented group to the Oakland Athletics to add Jeff Samardzija to a rotation that already included Chris Sale. But left hander, Chris Sale was just sidelined for 3 weeks with an avulsion fracture in his right foot. Robin Ventura admitted his chances of starting on opening are very slim. The White Sox haven’t named a started for the opener on April 6th in Kansas City. Jeff Samardzija could be a likely starter; he started the last two opening days for his former team, the Chicago Cubs. They also have Jose Quintana who went 9-11 with a 3.23 ERA last season and veteran John Danks who posted a 4.74 ERA in 32 starts in 2014. Lastly, they have Hector Noesi, who held a 4.39 ERA last season. They do have a top heavy group, but they are going to need Noesi and Danks to do better this year to prove they have complete strength in the bullpen.

The White Sox have the talent to compete for the division this year, but they will have to pull it together fast considering their competition. The Tigers have major talent on their roster and the Royals just made the World Series last season. They will most likely be that good again in 2015. The Indians will be competition too, along with the Twins who have some of the best prospects and are an up and coming team.

My opinion on this 2015 Chicago White Sox team is that they can get it done to take the division crown if their new team can mesh together well and their key players stay healthy through out the season.

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