March Madness- 30 teams in 30 days. 2012 MLB Season Preview: Chicago White Sox

Team: Chicago White Sox

Manager: Robin Ventura

2011 Record: 79-83

Playoff Result: No playoffs

Top Player: Alexei Ramirez (4.9 WAR)

What happened last season: The Chicago White Sox started off 2011 with great expectations, having been only a few games out of first at the end of 2010 and signing monster slugger Adam Dunn.  However, the team never got off and struggled for much of the year. Dunn was a colossal bust, batting just .159 and striking out 177 times in just 496 plate appearances. The offense, despite playing in bandbox U.S. Cellular Field, finished in the bottom half in most offensive categories. The pitching staff was also mediocre, finishing 8th in the AL in ERA but also finishing second in the majors in WAR.

What they did in the offseason: The White Sox lost a lot in the offseason, first letting manager Ozzie Guillen leave for Miami at the end of the season, replacing him with former Sox all-star Robin Ventura. Long time Sox ace Mark Buehrle would later join Guillen in Miami. All-star outfielder Carlos Quentin was dealt to San Diego for prospects.

Projected starting lineup:

Catcher: AJ Pierzynski

First Base: Paul Konerko

Second Base: Gordon Beckham

Third Base: Brent Morel

Shortstop: Alexei Ramirez

Left Field: Dayan Viciedo

Center Field: Alejandro De Aza

Right Field: Alex Rios

Designated Hitter: Adam Dunn


LHP John Danks

RHP Gavin Floyd

RHP Jake Peavy

RHP Phil Humber

LHP Chris Sale

Closer: Matt Thornton

Outlook for 2012: The White Sox are a talented team, but how far can that take them? They have underachieved for the last two seasons, and they lost their ace and one of their best hitters. If Danks and Floyd pitch to what their talents may suggest, and Dunn finally snaps out of his funk, then the Sox could be a contender with the Tigers. However, they don’t look good enough right now.

Regular Season Prediction: 84-78. 2nd in AL Central


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