Chicago White Sox: Three biggest 2021 concerns going in

Vincent Parise
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Manager Tony La Russa #22 removes Tyler Johnson #68 of the Chicago White Sox during a pitching change against the Kansas City Royals on March 3, 2021 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 03: Manager Tony La Russa #22 removes Tyler Johnson #68 of the Chicago White Sox during a pitching change against the Kansas City Royals on March 3, 2021 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Reynaldo Lopez
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2. The Chicago White Sox really needs to make sure the fourth and fifth starters are going well.

The Chicago White Sox have a lot figured out as far as their pitching. It is more figured out than it has been since 2005. For one, the three-headed monster at the front of the rotation is awesome. Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, and Lance Lynn are all Cy Young caliber talents that will help the White Sox win a lot of baseball games. With them in the mix, this team has as good of a rotation as anyone in the league by default.

The bullpen is also very good and one of the best in baseball. With Liam Hendriks replacing Alex Colome, you can argue that they are better than last year just by that alone. They also might have something this year that might strictly be unique to this year (which puts more emphasis on the World Series expectations) and that is having Garrett Crochet and Michael Kopech in the bullpen. Having those two with Aaron Bummer, Evan Marshall, Matt Foster, and Codi Heuer ahead of Hendriks is so filthy.

Until Crochet and Kopech are starters, they need to figure out these fourth and fifth starters. We can probably assume that Dylan Cease is going to be one of them. That leaves Carlos Rodon and Reynaldo Lopez to battle out for that fifth spot. It isn’t an ideal situation but those guys have been really good in the past. If they can figure it out while we wait for Crochet and Kopech to evolve into full-time starters, the White Sox will have an even better rotation than we thought.

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