Chicago White Sox’ Starting Pitching Success Allows For Optimism On The South Side

By Matt Malecha
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
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If you were to ask the majority of Chicago White Sox fans their overall feelings on the 2013 season, the words frustrating, pathetic and unwatchable would probably be a few common answers.

With the White Sox currently 24 games out of first place and the owners of the second-worst record in MLB, there’s no denying that Sox’ fans have a right to feel the way they do. However, even amidst one of the worst years in franchise history, the 2013 White Sox are still providing fans with optimism in the form of starting pitching.

The Pale Hose have been unable to string together much, if any, success on the field this season, but their starting pitching has never faltered. With an ERA of 3.80, Chicago has the second best starting pitching in the AL.

Not only is their rotation solid, it’s also very young. With Jake Peavy now a member of the Boston Red Sox, the South Siders’ starting rotation has an average age of 25.2. At age 28, left-hander John Danks is the oldest starter on Chicago’s staff.

From ace Chris Sale to newly-promoted rookie Andre Rienzo, the White Sox feature a rotation that has the ability to shut down an opponent’s offense on a nightly basis. Although their young staff still needs a stable defense behind them and an offense that can support them, it’s encouraging to have five strong arms on a team building for future success.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google

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