The Chicago White Sox failed to win 80 games last year for a seventh consecutive season, but oddsmakers believe they are on the come. The White Sox front office had a huge offseason to add firepower along newfound stars Yoan Moncada, Leury Garcia, Eloy Jimenez, and Tim Anderson. Moncada posted a 5.7 fWAR last season and Anderson came out of nowhere to win a batting title with a .335 average. Now the Southsiders add Edwin Encarnacion, who is coming off an eighth consecutive 30-homer campaign.
The White Sox finished 24th in runs scored last year and their pitching staff finished 21st with a collective 4.91 ERA. Lucas Giolito came out of nowhere to become a true ace with a 3.61 ERA and 11.62 K/9 ratio last season, and he’ll hope to receive reliable support from journeymen lefties Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez. The White Sox added veteran Steve Cishek to close, but will need to find consistent options in middle relief. Their lineup is sure to be feast or famine, so the White Sox might not need a razor sharp bullpen to navigate too many close games in the shortened season.
Despite their rough record last year, the White Sox are listed with +2500 odds to win the World Series at DraftKings Sportsbook. That means a $10 bet on the White Sox to win it all would pay out $260 if successful.
Chicago is also in the mix for the American League pennant in a 60-game season. They’re tied with the LA Angels with +1500 odds to win the AL, trailing just seven teams including division rivals Minnesota (+800) and Cleveland (+1100). The White Sox are the third favorite to win their division with +285 odds, but are right behind the Indians (+265) as a potential challenger to the defending champion Twins.
The White Sox are projected to win 31.5 games next season according to DK Sportsbook and the odds are dead even at -112 for the Over or Under. That means a $10 bet on the White Sox to win 32 games would pay out $18.93 if successful and the Under would pay out the same if they win 31 games or fewer.
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White Sox betting breakdown
2019 Record: 72-89
Key losses: RP Dylan Covey, OF Jon Jay, IF Ryan Goins, C Wellington Castillo, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Juan Minaya, RHP Ivan Nova, 2B Yolmer Sanchez, OF Charlie TIlson
Injured: RHP Michael Kopech (Tommy John)
Key additions: DH Edwin Encarnacion, C Yasmani Grandal, LP Dallas Keuchel, OF Nomar Mazara, LP Gio Gonzalez, RP Steve Cishek, IF Cheslor Cuthbert
1. SS Tim Anderson (R)
2. 3B Yoan Moncada (S)
3. 1B Jose Abreu (R)
4. C Yasmani Grandal (S)
5. DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
6. LF Eloy Jimenez (R)
7. RF Nomar Mazara (L)
8. CF Luis Robert (R)
9. 2B Leury Garcia (S)
Projected rotation: RHP Lucas Giolito, LHP Dallas Keuchel, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Dylan Cease, RHP Reynaldo Lopez
Projected closer: RHP Alex Colome
Bullpen Strengths: Steve Cishek appeared in 150 games for the Cubs in the past two seasons. Cishek posted a 2.18 in ‘18 and 2.95 ERA in ‘19 with 78 and 57 strikeouts respectively. The young Aaron Bummer had a breakout season in 2019 with a 2.13 ERA in 67.2 IP. Kelvin Herrera also ended 2019 well with a 1.93 ERA in September with 15 SO in 9.1 IP.
Bullpen Weaknesses: The White Sox do not necessarily have a go-to long reliever but may be able to use multiple arms for two-inning stints. Jace Fry, Jimmy Cordero and Evan Marshall will look to fill those roles. Fry posted a 4.75 ERA in 2019 in 55.0 IP which was the highest ERA amongst the three.
Key stats from 2019
- Edwin Encarnacion has hit 30+ homers in eight straight seasons, including 34 last season.
- Eloy Jimenez hit 31 home runs and 25 RBIs in his rookie season in 2019. He also had a 1.093 OPS in September (MLB)
- Leury Garcia hit .311 with a .786 OPS vs lefty pitchers in 2019 (MLB).
- Yoan Moncada posted a 5.7 fWAR last season.
- Tim Anderson won the 2019 AL Batting Title with a .335 BA.
- C Yasmani Grandal is coming off a 109-walk season.