Some people might be surprised, based on some recent White Sox transactions, to find Dallas Keuchel here at number two. You can’t just assume, however, that Dallas Keuchel will lose that spot as the number two guy just based on one trade acquisition. Any of the top three can go in any order but it will probably be best to roll with Keuchel in the number two spot. He is also a lefty so going with the opposite as Giolito will be a good option.
Keuchel surprised some people with the way he pitched in 2020. He has a Cy Young and a lot of deep playoff experience in his past so he should really be able to help the White Sox moving forward. All he needs to do is be as good as he was in 2020 and the White Sox will be set with the top of their rotation.
You can argue that Keuchel was even better than Giolito in 2020. The Cy Young voters as a whole believed that he was better as Keuchel came in 5th as opposed to Gioltio’s seventh. It was a good year for both but Keuchel did have his meltdown in the playoffs. He needs to make sure that he comes into next season healthy and ready to go for what will be a 162 game grind.