2021 Spring Training: Setting the Stage for the Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox made it to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008. Chicago stole game 1 of the three-game shortened series, but then dropped the last two. The White Sox feel like they are on track to win the American League Central this season and potentially do further damage.
Tony LaRussa was hired to be the next manager for Chicago. He is already a hall of fame manager and this hire had everything to do with owner Jerry Reinsdorf. A lot of people have had their displeasure with him in the past.
The Chicago White Sox has one of the youngest and brightest futures ahead in the MLB. Chicago is going to interesting to watch early on this season. The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians will be threats to them in the American League Central.
The White Sox don’t have to worry too much about the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals. Those two teams are still in the midst of a rebuild and are not yet ready to contend. Chicago has not won the World Series since 2005 in a four-game sweep against the Houston Astros.
Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, and Reynaldo Lopez are the projected starting pitchers. Carlos Rodon is projected to be a spot starter for the Chicago White Sox this regular season.
Giolito is one of the most underrated pitchers in all of baseball. Cease and Lopez have the potential to make noise in the starting rotation. It is a shame that Michael Kopech is still injured because he still has a lot of potential if he is healthy.
Liam Hendriks (closer), Evan Marshall, Matt Foster, Garrett Crochet, and Aaron Bummer will be the key relievers on the Chicago White Sox. Hendriks was with the Oakland Athletics last season and he is one of the best closers in the game of baseball.
Crochet was a first-round pick in 2020 by the Chicago White Sox and he is going to continue to grow and develop for Chicago and be effective for them.
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(C) Zack Collins, (1B) Jose Abreu, (2B) Nick Madrigal, (3B) Yoan Moncada, (SS) Tim Anderson, (LF) Eloy Jimenez, (CF) Luis Robert, (RF) Adam Eaton, and (DH) Yasmani Grandal will be the potential starting lineup this season for the Chicago White Sox.
Abreu won the American League MVP last season. He is the heartbeat of the Chicago White Sox. A lot of people thought he was going to be trade bait last season, but Jose Abreu never was.
The Chicago White Sox hope to be buyers at the trade deadline this season and not sellers.
Grandal is one of the best catchers in the MLB.
Jimenez and Robert will be an effective duo in the outfield this season with the bat and the glove. They are both relatively young and have bright futures ahead of them. The Chicago White Sox could be better than the Chicago Cubs for the next few years at a minimum.
Sunday, February 28th: Spilt squad spring training games begin against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Thursday, April 1st: Opening day on the road against the Los Angeles Angels.
Thursday, April 8th: Home opener against the Kansas City Royals.
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