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Chicago White Sox Odds, Calendar, Stats, Injuries 2022 MLB Season

Chicago White Sox Last Season Performance

The White Sox made the postseason for the second consecutive season in 2021. A year after capturing a Wild Card berth, Chicago clinched the division in convincing fashion last year.

The White Sox were led by a strong pitching rotation that featured Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Carlos Rodon. Additionally, Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson led the charge on offense for a 93 win White Sox club.

However, they went up against a talented Houston Astros team in the American League Division Series. Although it was a fairly competitive series, the Astros defeated the White Sox in four games eliminating them in the first round.

In many ways, they underperformed in 2021. There were plenty of baseball analysts who chose Chicago to represent the American League in the World Series.

But it was still a successful campaign for the White Sox. They established themselves as the class of the AL Central, winning the division by more than ten games over second-place Cleveland.

The Sox saw a number of young players earn crucial roles with the team such as Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets. Not only are they competitive right now, but their young talent should guide them in remaining competitive in the distant future as well.

They will look to dominate the division once again and then make a deeper postseason run in 2022.

Chicago White Sox Off-Season Changes

The White Sox offseason began with breakout star Carlos Rodon entering free agency. Cesar Hernandez then had his team option declined and also became a free agent.

But the White Sox made some noise in late November by inking veteran relief pitcher Kendall Graveman to a three-year deal to strengthen their bullpen.

The White Sox will also look forward to having Eloy Jimenez for a full season. The slugging outfielder/designated hitter missed the majority of the 2021 campaign after suffering a pectoral injury during Spring Training.

The White Sox were recently able to lock up a couple of top-tier international prospects in Oscar Colas and Erick Hernadez. Colas is ranked as the number five prospect amongst the top 50 international prospects according to Hernandez is ranked at number 28.

But for the most part, things will stay fairly similar in Chicago during the 2022 campaign. They have no reason to shake things up all that much following the winning season they just had.

There could be a few more changes once the MLB lockout comes to an end, but it likely will not be anything all that drastic.

The main change will be the overall expectation. Last year, the team hoped to win the AL Central and make the postseason. But this year, that result will not be enough.

Chicago now has their eyes set on winning the World Series.

Chicago White Sox Key Additions

The White Sox came into the offseason with a plan. They wanted to add one or two more pitchers to their bullpen and add some infield help, preferably at second base.

So far, they have accomplished one of those two goals.

The addition of Kendall Graveman will help improve an already impressive bullpen. They already have star-studded arms within their relief core including Liam Hendriks, Craig Kimbrell, Garrett Crochet, Aaron Bummer, and Matt Foster.

But Graveman took strides forward despite being traded in the middle of the 2021 campaign. The hard-throwing right-handed reliever will look to continue his success during the upcoming year.

Chicago was able to re-sign utility man Leury Garcia as well. He hit over .260 in limited action last year to go along with positional versatility. He is known for his outfield ability, but Garcia has filled in at the middle infield positions as well.

One more key addition stems from the in-house variety.

Michael Kopech was largely used out of the bullpen last season. But the young pitcher with a fireball arm could be headed to the starting rotation next year.

Dallas Keuchel labored last year and could be on the trading block. Placing Kopech firmly in the starting rotation could provide the team additional comfort in dealing Keuchel away.

Chicago White Sox Key Subtractions

Carlos Rodon could still be re-signed by the team once the lockout comes to an end. The 29-year-old bounced back from injury to have a successful 2021. The left-hander posted a 2.37 ERA, .957 WHIP, and 185 strikeouts to go along with a 13-5 record.

He even earned Cy Young consideration when things were all said and done. Regardless of where he ends up, Rodon is in line for a nice payday.

2021 mid-season acquisition Ryan Tepera entered the open market this offseason. Tepera had an ERA under three while being a key factor in the White Sox regular-season success. While the Gravemen addition helps to soften the blow, losing Tepera is a truly negative subtraction for the White Sox.

Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton entered free agency as well. Although Hamilton doesn’t provide much value from an offensive standpoint, he offers plenty of speed and defensive ability which makes him a quality fourth or fifth outfielder.

Other solid players who have either joined other teams or declared for free agency include the following; Brian Goodwin, Evan Marshall, Jace Fry, and Cesar Hernadez. Hernandez sticks out the most amongst these names, as he was acquired mid-season from Cleveland and took over second base duty for Chicago.

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Chicago White Sox Head Coach Analysis

Veteran manager Tony La Russa will make his return in 2022 for the White Sox following a strong 2021 campaign. While some of his decision-making was questioned last season, La Russa proved he was able to still manage at a high level despite being in his late 70’s.

He also possesses plenty of experience in the field of coaching and has a proven track record of winning which makes White Sox fans confident he can lead them to the promised land in the not-so-distant future.

La Russa originally began his coaching career with Chicago back in 1979. He stayed with the team through the 1986 season before joining the Oakland A’s.

La Russa led Oakland to multiple American League Pennants and one World Series championship during his A’s tenure. This is when people began to notice his talented prowess as a head coach.

In 1996, La Russa became the head coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He won two World Series titles in St. Louis before leaving the team in 2011. However, he came out of coaching retirement in 2021 to lead the young Chicago White Sox.

La Russa will look to add another World Series victory to his resume in 2022.

Chicago White Sox Injured Players at the beginning of the season

As of this article’s writing, the White Sox do not have any major injuries to report. But with that being said, there are a few injury prone players to keep an eye on.

The first player who comes to mind is Eloy Jimenez. Jimenez was projected to have a monster season in 2021 with his mammoth power, however, he suffered a pectoral injury on an unnecessary attempt to rob a home run in Spring Training right before Opening Day.

Jimenez’s durability will be a huge factor for the White Sox offense in 2022. With Jose Abreu displaying signs of decline last year, Jimenez’s power could single-handedly win Chicago a number of games next season. The White Sox undoubtedly need him to remain on the field.

Michael Kopech is a prime candidate for a breakout season in 2022.

Kopech has been eased back into the White Sox pitching plans following his 2018 Tommy John surgery. While he has been pitching mainly in relief since his return from Tommy John, the White Sox are hopeful he can become an impactful starter in the near future.

If Kopech gets the starting nod in 2022, he could be in line to break out and become a Cy Young caliber starting pitcher.

Shortstop Tim Anderson has hit over .300 in each of the past three seasons. He also made his first all-star game in 2021 while hitting .309 with 17 home runs and 18 stolen bases. But the shortstop was limited to just 123 games during the 2021 campaign.

One might argue that he is the backbone of this team from an all-around standpoint. He plays a cornerstone position while hitting at the top of the lineup. If Anderson is forced to miss a significant chunk of time that would be very detrimental to the White Sox.

But as aforementioned, the White Sox expect to be near full health to open the season. This team could end up with the best record in the American League if injuries do not plague them in 2022.

Chicago White Sox Prediction for 2022 Season

The White Sox should be in line to capture their second straight American League Central crown in 2022.

The Cleveland Guardians could make some noise if their starting pitching rotation remains healthy, and the Detroit Tigers have already made some moves in hopes to potentially contend next year.

But the White Sox combined one of the best bullpens in baseball to go along with an all-around productive batting lineup. The duo of Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn should propel the White Sox starting rotation to be successful yet again as well.

The real question is if the White Sox can make a postseason run.

There is no question they have the talent to make a bid for a World Series appearance. But they also need to find a way to remain competitive towards the end of the regular season.

I believe one of the main reasons that the White Sox faltered in the first round last season was because they did not need to play any meaningful games during the last two weeks of the season since they already had the division wrapped up. Playing in an overall weak AL Central might just be their underlying kryptonite.

The West and East both had multiple teams with legitimate chances of winning the division until the very end of the regular season. This forced those teams to maintain a winning mindset.

Chicago needs to keep that same intensity even if they lock up the division early in September. Because in all reality, talent is certainly not an issue. They have the tools to compete with any of the other top teams in AL whether it be the Astros, Yankees, Rays, or anybody else.

The White Sox should be able to make it to the American League Championship Series at the very least. Check out their MLB Odds.

Chicago White Sox Final Thoughts

The Chicago White Sox are without a doubt one of the most intriguing teams in the sport entering 2022. They have a roster that is fully taking form and legitimate World Series aspirations.

Staying healthy will obviously be a priority for the team.

The player to watch in Chicago this season is Luis Robert. Robert was once thought of as the next Mike Trout. He was projected as a power-hitting center fielder who possessed the ability to run and play defense at a high level.

But he was underwhelmed during the 2021 campaign. If Robert puts the pieces together in 2022 he could be an MVP candidate who leads Chicago to the World Series.

Look for the White Sox to not only make the playoffs but make a deep postseason run in 2022. Check out their MLB Lines for the season.

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