Chicago White Sox 2013 Preview
Manager: Robin Ventura (Second Season)
2012 Record: 85-77 (2nd in AL Central)
Key Additions: 1B Lars Anderson, 3B Jeff Keppinger, IF Angel Sanchez
Key Losses: 3B Kevin Youkilis, P Francisco Liriano, C A.J. Pierzynski, P Philip Humber, P Brett Myers
2013 Outlook: The Chicago White Sox are in for a long season. No, I don’t believe they will fall to the cellar of the division, but they will take a step backwards in 2013. Take a look at the pitching they lost. Liriano, Humber, and Myers are nothing to laugh at. It’s understandable that you lose talent from time to time, but the White Sox did not seem to do much of anything to improve their squad. Pitching is everything in baseball. Without it, you can’t expect much in the wins category.
When it comes to the order, there is something to be said for the potential of scoring runs. With bats like Paul Konerko, Jeff Keppinger, Alexei Ramirez, and Adam Dunn, Chicago will have some pop. It just won’t be enough to compensate for a mediocre starting five and poor bullpen.
Expect the White Sox to drop a spot, possibly two in the division. Both Cleveland and Kansas City are vastly improved teams, and are both poised to start rising in the AL Central. The White Sox did not do enough to keep hold of the two spot.