2010 Chicago White Sox Baseball Preview
The Chicago White Sox (79- 83) finished 2009 out of first-place by 7.5 games after finishing first in the division in 2008. This season, they will be able to compete with the Minnesota Twins. This is not a bad club. In fact, on many levels they are good.
One great thing about this pitching staff is its mix of right handed pitchers and southpaws. Righty Jake Peavy (9-6, 3.45 ERA, 110 SO) came over from San Diego midseason and spent some time rehabbing at AAA Charlotte. His delivery is disarming and he offers a running, sinking 92-mph fastball. He can have a tough time repeating his delivery.
Two lefties occupy the two and three spots. Mark Buehrle (13-10,
3.84 ERA, 105 SO) has an 85-mph fastball with good location and
offers a slider and curve to mix it up.
Third man on the starting list is John Danks (13-11, 3.77 ERA, 149 SO), who throws a two-seam and four-seam cutting fastball. Gavin Floyd (11-11, 4.06 ERA, 163 SO) has a deceptive delivery that includes an effectively late moving fastball. The fifth spot may go to Freddy Garcia, who last season came up from minor league ball and performed well.
Closer Bobby Jenks (3-4, 3.71 ERA, 29 SV, 49 SO) was shut down for the season in September due to problems with a right calf muscle. He’s a big guy with power but he does have problems with his weight and conditioning. Setup man Matt Thornton (6-3, 2.74 ERA, 4 SV, 87 SO) a lefty, is a strikeout hurler. Free agent J.J. Putz (1-4, .257 ERA, 2 SV, 19 SO), a tough competitive player, has an intimidating presence.
Who is going to be the offensive leader on this team? This is a club that has a lot of vets on it and many of them are in decline. First baseman Paul Konerko (.277 BA, 28 HR, 88 RBI) offers power, and catcher A.J. Pierzynski (.300 BA, 13 HR, 49 RBI) can hit for average. In the field, Konerko ably fishes balls out of the dirt but lacks range while Pierzynski tends to get lazy as a receiver.
The new guys include various veterans. Leadoff man Juan Pierre (.308 BA, 8 HR, 31 RBI) is a fine contact hitter with good speed. He’s a major acquisition from the Dodgers. Third baseman Mark Teahen (.271 BA, 12 HR, 50 RBI) is a decent hitter and fine fielder. Free agent Andruw Jones (.214 BA, 17 HR, 43 RBI) joins his fourth team in four years. His numbers have been in decline.
Manager Ozzie Guillen possesses a reputation for speaking his mind
and running a clubhouse that tends to function well. He’s
going to have to get these guys hitting and motivate a host of vets.
GM Kenny Williams loves to keep working and reworking his teams.
He won’t sit still for long. Aggressive, outspoken and creative,
the team will do well if it can steal some of his energy.
The White Sox have a decent pitching staff. In fact, it is better than the Twins’ rotation, which is pretty darn good. But the team will have to find a way to support its pitchers with runs. That’s not impossible but it won’t be easy.
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