Chicago White Sox 2021 Season Preview: Evan Marshall

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The Chicago White Sox have a very unique situation when it comes to their bullpen. They are probably set up in 2021 better than they ever have been in terms of the pen. For one, they have a star closer in Liam Hendricks who is so sweet. He might be the best closer in all of baseball and a top-three setup man in Aaron Bummer is there right before him.

They also have two flamethrowing starters that are going to be in the bullpen to start in Michael Kopech and Garrett Crochet. That takes a lot of pressure off of other good relievers they have like Evan Marshall. The White Sox believe in Marshall and what he can do based on what he has done over the past few seasons.

The Chicago White Sox are expecting Evan Marshall to have a very good season.

Evan Marshall is going into his third season with the Chicago White Sox. For the first two, he has been very good. In 2020, he was one of their best relievers. He had a 2-1 record but that doesn’t matter much for a relief pitcher as situations are weird in terms of decisions. He had 22.2 innings pitched in 23 appearances with an ERA of 2.38, a WHIP of 1.059, and 30 strikeouts. All of that accumulated a 0.6 WAR which isn’t bad at all for a relief pitcher in a short season.

The Chicago White Sox are going to hope that Marshall is very similar to those numbers in 2021. He isn’t going to be the face of the bullpen or anything like that but he will be one of the better pieces to a bigger cause. A good bullpen supporting a good rotation on a team with a dominant offense is how you win the World Series.

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2021 Expectations:

The Chicago White Sox believe that Marshall is one of their best bullpen pieces. It makes sense based on his numbers. The fact that he probably isn’t even close to the most exciting reliever should tell you everything you need to know about this group. They have the potential to be so good and Marshall is going to be a big part of it.

We should fully expect him to have more strikeouts than innings pitched, an ERA under three, and be a guy that they are confident in to come pitch in the middle of the game. If that happens, this team is going to be even better than we thought.