The CHicago White Sox enter 2022 as a 93-win, playoff team. Albeit, they lost in four games to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series. Based on that series, it was evident the White Sox needed to add bullpen depth. They did just that by signing Kendall Graveman to a 3-year, $24 million deal as well as reliever Joe Kelly to a two-year, $17 million deal.
In addition, the White Sox brought back versatile Leury Garcia on a three-year, $16.5 million deal. A low cost, high reward deal followed with starting pitcher Vince Velasquez. Velasquez, signed to a one-year, $3 million deal, has shown flashes as a starter and reliever with the Philadelphia Phillies. However, due to injuries and other organization movements, Velasquez was never able to find solid footing.
Unfortunately, their rotational workhorse, Lance Lynn, was recently shut down after aggravating the same knee he had issues with last year.
Projected Lineup (ZiPS Projections)
- SS – Tim Anderson (.296/.325/.789)
- OF – Luis Robert (.279.330/.822)
- 1B – Jose Abreu (.264/.331/.806)
- OF – Eloy Jimenez (.276/.319/.829)
- 3B – Yoan Moncada (.260/.346/.791)
- C – Yasmani Grandal (.235/.373/.837)
- OF – AJ Pollock (.268/.321/.805)
- DH – Gavin Sheets (.256/.311/.770)
- 2B – Josh Harrison (.255/.314/.682)
- SP – Lucas Giolito (174 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 217 K)
- SP – Dylan Cease (162 IP, 1.31 WHIP, 204 K)
- SP – Dallas Keuchel (145 IP, 1.38 WHIP, 104 K)
- SP – Michael Kopech (77 IP, 1.28 WHIP, 103 K)
- SP – Lance Lynn (149 IP, 1.25 WHIP, 158 K)
Three Bold Predictions for Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox end 2022 with a top five rotation. Despite the recent injury to mainstay Lance Lynn, the Chicago White Sox possess some uber talent in their talent with the likes of Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, Dallas Keuchel, and Michael Kopech. Some starters are coming off down years due to injuries or pesonal reasons making 2022 a prime season for White Sox starters to rebound.
Eight of nine regulars will hit 20 homeruns or more. Every hitter in the White Sox lineup, save Josh Harrison, is capable of putting up a 20 homerun season. Leadoff man Tim Anderson has shown considerable pop for number one hitter. Following Anderson is a murderers row of Luis Robert, Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jiminez and the sneaky powerful Yasmani Grandal.
Vince Velasquez squanders rotation chance. The chances of Vince Velasquez greatly increased when Lance Lynn went down with an injury. The unknown remains, in situations like this, with Vince Velasquez. Throughout his career, he has been given chance after chance to earn spots in the rotation or bullpen. Each chance was met with a string of good outings followed by a pattern of uncontrolled, walk-filled outings. This could be Velasquez’s last real chance to earn a rotation spot and I think he fails in 2022.
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