Chicago White Sox 2021 Season Preview: Dallas Keuchel
The Chicago White Sox are a team that is hoping to have a lot of great pitching in 2021. They have some studs at the top of the rotation and some younger players trying to crack the bottom of the rotation. One of those studs at the top is Dallas Keuchel. When he signed with the White Sox after the 2019 season, we didn’t really know what to expect from the former Cy Young Award winner. Well, he showed that he is still an elite pitcher and shows no sign of slowing down.
Dallas Keuchel has a big responsibility in his second season with the Chicago White Sox.
This is a perfect player to have as your number two or number three. If Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn hold up their end of the bargain, they will be one of the best trios in the league. That is a realistic expectation because of how good they all have been in recent years. They were the fifth, sixth, and seventh place finishers for the Cy Young in 2020.
If all of them are awesome in 2021, that could be a World Series level rotation. Keuchel has already won it all when he was a pitcher for the 2017 Houston Astros. He has the experience needed to help out younger players who have never been through that playoff grind. As important to the White Sox as he is on the field, he is equally as important off the field. He has already shown tremendous amounts of leadership which is something they need to continue.
Keuchel doesn’t necessarily need to be the fifth-place finisher in the Cy Young voting but he does need to have a really good year. If you want to be an elite team, everyone needs to carry their weight. Luckily for White Sox fans, Keuchel gives us no reason to believe he won’t be awesome. He loves winning and he knows how to pass on that passion.
Giolitio and Lynn make sense to be the first and third starters because they are both right-handed. Throwing the southpaw Keuchel in between them makes perfect sense when it comes to matching up in a series. That is no indication of who is better but it can be a good strategy put to use. Expect Keuchel to have some really good numbers in 2021.
He has a prolific offense that is going to supply him with runs and the bullpen behind him is sweet so there shouldn’t be much pressure. This is a big year for him and his team as they try to take the next step.