Chicago White Sox: Four guys who are competing for last two starter spots

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 23: Dylan Cease #84 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 23: Dylan Cease #84 of the Chicago White Sox throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Reynaldo Lopez
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Chicago White Sox. Reynaldo Lopez. 40. player. 128. . QB

Reynaldo Lopez‘s White Sox career got off to a really good start. He was the best pitcher in their rotation during the 2018 season. That was the year that Lucas Giolito struggled to open his career and now they have sort of switched spots. If Lopez could get back to what made him successful back then, this White Sox team would have a really nice group of guys from top to bottom.

One of Lopez’s biggest struggles has been the second time through the order. It always seems like he gets off to a fine start but crumbles later in the ballgame. It could be the making of a good reliever that can’t go more than an inning or two. That could end up being his destiny based on everything we have seen but he is going to get his opportunity.

Lopez is going to have a lot of talent and a new pitching coach around him this season. Spring training is going to be huge for him as well as he tries to win a spot. It doesn’t feel likely that he will be one of the top five out of the gate but we know he has what it takes based on previous experiences. The White Sox brought him back for a reason so we have to hope he still has something to provide.