Prospects don't look great for the Chicago White Sox to win the World Series, but this is a team with a couple of big names. Let's look at this MLB Pick.
White Sox Starting Pitching Rotation
Prospects don't look great for the Chicago White Sox to win the World Series as they're listed as at +3300 odds to win the World Series at Bovada, but this is a team with a couple of big names such as Jose Abreu and Chris Sale and one never knows. Let's take a look at the White Sox starting pitching.
That is all you have to say to get the attention of the opposition, although 2015 wasn't very kind to Sale as he wasn't at his best. For the 2015 MLB Season, Sale was 13-11 with a 3.41 ERA. That said, he still managed to strike out 274 batters in 208 innings. The problem for Sale last season is that he'd give up that one big inning and couldn't recover.
This is a pitcher that is 57-40 for his career (and that's on a team which doesn't always provide run support) and possesses a very impressive 2.91 ERA. This guy is a legitimate ace and not only that, he has the potential to be Randy-Johnson like.
I know that's a huge claim, but it's how much that I believe in the guy. If you put him on the New York Mets staff, his numbers would be off the chart in the MLB picks. Look for Sale to recover as the White Sox picked up Todd Frazier this season. I look for a big season out of the left-hander.
Hits Don't Mean Runs
This was the case for #2 starter Jose Quintana, as he allowed the opposition to hit .272 off of him, but still managed to pitch a very appealing 3.46 ERA in the American League. Quintana was also lacking that thing called run support and it reflected in his 9-10 record. He doesn't give up a ton of home runs and can strike out batters.
This guy is a legitimate #2 pitcher if he get's the proper run support. The ERA is nice, but for now, I consider him a weak number 2 until we get to see him some more. I think Quintana will receive the run support this season; therefore, it will be interesting to see how he reacts on the mound. The opportunity is certainly there for the Colombian.
Carlos Rodon (9-6, 3.75) makes for the perfect #3 guy on this staff as he enters his 2nd year in the bigs. Last season, he threw for 139 strikeouts in 139 1/3 innings while allowing slightly less hits than innings pitched. He's only 22 years old and the White Sox have something here in Rodon. They have to be very happy when he takes the mound and gains Major League experience.
John Danks is the definition of the pitching term “innings eater”. Danks is placed perfectly as the #4 guy because the White Sox need a veteran whom they know that will be there ever single start, win or lose.
Last season, Danks pitched to a 4.71 ERA, but got little run support as his 7-15 record indicated. This is actually the story of his career as he's 79-100 with a 4.33 ERA. He's a hard luck case and I feel that his luck in the form of run support will change.
Keep the Ball in the Park!
Starter, Erik Johnson (3-1, 3.34 ERA) has only had 16 starts in his brief career although he's already 26 years old. From what the White Sox got out of him last season, it's certainly enough to warrant a spot in the back of the rotation.
The one alarming part of his game is giving up the gopher ball as he allowed a 8 home runs in 35 innings pitches. If you translate that to a 140 innings, that would be 32 home runs and that's simply not acceptable. He must find a way to keep the ball out of the “red zone” or at least present the element of surprise to remain on this pitching staff.
The White Sox have to feel really good about their top 3 starters and some new acquisitions on this team. I don't think that they're ready for the World Series, but I can almost guarantee that they'll be a better team than last year, which may be reflected in the MLB odds boards. This could be a huge season for Chris Sale with Todd Frazier supporting him offensively.