Chicago White Sox: Aaron Bummer is a key piece to bullpen

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The Chicago White Sox need a lot of things to go right to take the next step in 2020. The bullpen playing well is one of the biggest keys.

The Chicago White Sox are looking to be good in 2020. Nobody is really worried about their ability to score runs. They have a lineup that has nine guys who have talent. Eight of the nine might be considered above average or better. With that said, you still need to be able to pitch so you can take advantage of that run support.

The starters are pretty good based on their past. There are some that are more proven than others but the ceiling of the rotation is high. The key, however, is the bullpen. They were pretty good in 2019 so if they can improve in 2020 then holding leads should come at a high rate for the team. This team should have plenty of leads this season so it is up to them to hold them.

One of the key pieces to the bullpen is Aaron Bummer. He just signed a super team-friendly contract over the weekend so he is going to be there for some good times if he continues to play well. Bummer was very good in his appearance in yesterday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. He had one of those performances where you realize that he is capable of doing so well for this team.

He only pitched in one inning but was impressive in that one inning. He struck out two of the three outs in the inning. He didn’t give up a hit, run, walk, or anything in his one inning. Obviously it is just Spring Training, but this is where you want to see guys play well en route to the regular season. It is important for these guys to play well and give people a reason to believe they will be good pitchers once the regular season rolls around.

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Bummer is part of a really good back end of the bullpen with guys like Steve Cishek, Evan Marshall, and Alex Colome. This group has high expectations for themselves so seeing a key member be very good in his first appearance of the spring is exciting.