Sportsmemo's MLB Betting Preview: Chicago White Sox
Submitted by Andrew Lange
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Chicago White Sox
2016 O/U Wins (Westgate):
2016 AL Central Odds (Westgate):
Projected Starting Rotation:
Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, John Danks, Carlos Rodon, Mat Latos
Alexi Ramirez, Tyler Flowers, Jeff Samardzija, Gordon Beckham
Jimmy Rollins, Todd Frazior, Dioner Naavarro
Handicapper's Take: "The White Sox will try to hit and pitch their way into contention in the up-for-grabs AL Central. It's a philosophy that obviously backfired last season as the team finished dead last in the AL in runs scored and was middle-of-the-road on the mound. Defensively, this team grades out well below league average particularly in the outfield with Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, and Avisail Garcia all with limited range. Newly acquired third baseman Frazier is the team's only "plus" defender. The possibility of Jimmy Rollins and Brett Lawrie as your middle infielders is downright scary. The top of the rotation is solid with Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, and up-and-comer Carlos Rodon. However, the decision to bring in Mat Latos' diminished stuff and flyball ways to a hitter's park in the American League was perplexing. And John Danks is obviously on the backend of his career. Jose Abreu and Frazier have the ability to combine for 60+ home runs and a bounceback season from Cabrera offers real potential for the offense to produce at least a league-average rate. But in the end, the addition of Frazier is not the long term solution. The White Sox are basically the anti-Kansas City: no speed, a weak defense, average bullpen, and too much reliance on just a few players. It's no wonder they've turned a profit just once (+2.3 units in 2012) in the last five years and are -54 units during that span."
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