The Chicago White Sox made the postseason in each of the last two years following an 11-year drought. Their pitching staff finished fifth in ERA (3.73) while shaving off 196 runs allowed from 2019. Chicago ranked 12th in bullpen ERA (3.97), with 32 wins, 29 losses and 49 saves. They finished seventh in runs (797), 19th in home runs (190) and 22nd in steals (57).
The White Sox parted ways with SP Carlos Rodon (FA) and Cesar Hernandez (WAS). Their only signing was RP Kendall Graveman.
Chicago has three young stud batters (Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez) who haven’t posted elite success. The White Sox have questions at the back end of the starting lineup. They hope 1B Andrew Vaughn shows growth in his second season in the majors. Their offense has a high ceiling while also having some questions.
The foundation of their starting staff has two potential lead aces (Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn). In addition, SP Michael Kopech and SP Garrett Crochet have bright futures, while SP Dylan Cease appears a step ahead. The White Sox project to have a top pitching staff in 2022.
Their bullpen will be in good hands, with RP Liam Hendriks and RP Craig Kimbrel manning the eighth and ninth innings.