The Chicago White Sox didn’t make the playoffs in 2012, but they were actually one of the few pleasantly surprising MLB teams. Heading into the season, there were average expectations, but those quickly dropped as injuries continued to plague the team. Nine different players were placed on the 15-day DL at various points of the season while John Danks and Brian Bruney each found their names on the 60-day DL in the first half of the season. All of these injuries resulted in expectations for the White Sox to drop considerably and most thought a .500 finish to the season would be considered a success. Although Chicago didn’t win the American League Central, their runner-up performance with a record of 85-77 was a moral victory of sorts.
Heading into 2013, the White Sox are in a unique situation in that most of their pitching staff is young and inexperienced with a truckload of potential while the stars of their lineup are nearing the twilight of their careers if not the very end. Thus, Chicago has a small window of opportunity to make a run at one, two or maybe three American League pennants before their aging stars reach the end of their peaks. Of course, they’ll need their young arms to grow up fast if they want to make that happen.
Chris Sale showed flashes of brilliance in 2012 and he’ll definitely be an ace for the White Sox one of these days and proved it yet again in his superb first outing in Cactus League play this spring. If Chicago wants to contend in 2013, it will need Sale and fellow young left-hander Jose Quintana to take the next steps in their young careers quickly.
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