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A.L. Central Predictions #5 Chicago White Sox

After a finishing fourth in the AL central 76-86, the White Sox made some bold moves. Long time figure for the Reds. Todd Frazier is now in Chi town and Brett Lawrie comes is the windy city from Oakland. Chris Sale shined with 274 strikeouts this season. The most strikeouts in a single season by an American League pitcher, and he also had the most complete games with four.WhiteSoxBanner

What the team looks like

Position    Player’s name     AVG/OBP/SLG     FPCT

C              Alex Avila              .191/.339/.287     1.0AbreauRookieCard

1st           Jose Abreu             .290/.347/.502     .989

2nd         Brett Lawrie          .260/.299/.407     .972

SS           Tyler Saladino       .225/.267/.335     1.0

3rd         Todd Frazier          .255/.309/.498  .952

LF          Melky Cabrera       .273/.314/.394     .979

CF          Adam Eaton           .287/.361/.431     .986frazier-stadium

RF          Avisail Garcia        .257/.309/.365     .988

DH         Adam La Roche    .260/.336/.462

Pitchers

Starters

Name                 Win/Loss  E.R.A.  SO

Chris Sale           13/11         3.41      274MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox

Jose Quintana  9/10          3.36      177

John Danks       7/15          4.71       124

Carlos Rodon    9/6           3.75       139

Erik Johnson    3/1            3.34        30

Relief

Name                          E.R.A.     Saves     SO

David Robertson      3.41         34           86

Jake Petricka            3.63           2            33

Zach Duke                  3.41           1            66

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Putnam             4.07         0             64

Dan Jennings             3.99        0            46

Nate Jones                  3.32        0            27

The White Sox look good on paper but the numbers don’t match the names. The team AVG is .255 and the team E.R.A. is 3.71 for its starters. Frazier while a great player is going to have some growing pains, he has spent his entire career with the Reds in the National League, its different in the American League he is going to see pitchers for the first time in his career and that is going to hurt the first few months of the season. The White Sox also lack an experienced shortstop Saladino has only played 68 games. However, the biggest obstacle is the American League Central Division, itself. The difference between all the teams as far as stats go is only about .20-.30 when looking at AVG and E.R.A.

So, even though the Sox made some moves last year, and added a few more pieces this off-season I still see them finishing last in this very crowded, very talented American League Central division. They have no one in the bull pen to cover the 7th and 8th innings. Once you get past Chris Sale, they have no other starting pitcher that scares their opponents. They do have, and will be a good hitting club, but they will have to win the majority of their games by scoring 6 or more runs, because their starters and relievers will give up 5 runs 4 of the 5 starts. That is not a good formula to consistently produce winning baseball.

Hawk will be saying, “You got to be bleeping me” a lot this season.

 

 

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