Predicting the Chicago White Sox’ 2014 Starting Rotation
Predicting the Chicago White Sox' 2014 Starting Rotation
Of all the things that have changed for the Chicago White Sox over the last little while, the best change of all could be the starting rotation. From the beginning of last season there will be one glaring difference and possibly more than that. For sure Jake Peavy will not be the second starter but that actually might end up being a good thing for the rotation in 2014. The group they have going out will have a chance to be very good.
For all the trouble that the Sox had last season, it might surprise a few to know that they were right around the middle of the pack in American League starting rotation ERA. Obviously the anchor of the staff is a big part of that but the smaller names behind him make some serious noise as well. Going into this 2014 season, look for the White Sox' starting five to be surprisingly good.
It is possible and maybe even likely that they could climb the rankings this season. Every single one of the five pitchers we are talking about today could and possibly should improve a great deal going forward. That could be a very promising thing for not only their collective ERA but the success of the team as a whole as well.
Do not be surprised if the White Sox display a much stronger ability to win than most think they will in 2014. They have a good young core offense working for them with a solid defense. But whatever success this team sees will depend a great deal on the five guys you are about to see. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have something to add.
5 - Felipe Paulino
Over his time in MLB, Paulino has bounced around a little bit and flashed good and bad numbers. The White Sox hope to see his ERA from Double-A which was below three instead of the Triple-A version from 2013 which was above eight.
4 - Erik Johnson
If there is a sneaky key to this starting rotation, Johnson is absolutely it. His debut was decent but not great. Luckily that does not matter towards his season in 2014. He has the goods and could be an ace caliber pitcher eventually. For 2014 the White Sox need him to be a good mid-rotation guy and for him to pitch so many innings that he has to be shut down in September.
3 - John Danks
Danks made a point last season of saying that he was coming back and was going to produce the way he knew he could in 2013. The numbers he ended up with were actually quite disappointing. If Danks is going to have a big rebound season it must come in 2014. If it does not then his new normal might be too high for he and the White Sox both.
2 - Jose Quintana
Quintana didn't have a terrible ERA at 3.51 but his numbers still don't do justice to the ability he has. Danks through Paulino should do better in 2014 but the end result for Quintana being better this season is nearly a guarantee.
1 - Chris Sale
They might as well call this guy the franchise. He is one of the very best pitchers in all of MLB. When he is on almost no one can hit him and he is on a lot. He could have a Cy-Young season at any point going forward including this upcoming season. Clearly he will produce double digit wins this season and if he gets run support that number could rise towards 20.