The Chicago White Sox might not need Dallas Keuchel in the 2021 postseason.
Dallas Keuchel was brilliant for the Chicago White Sox in 2020. Lucas Giolito was also brilliant but you could argue that during the regular season, Keuchel was slightly better. Everyone expected Keuchel, Giolito, and Lance Lynn to be this team’s big three in 2021 but it hasn’t worked out that way. He has been very average and below average for most of the year.
In fact, below average might be selling it short at this point as his last few starts have been straight-up bad. The tough year has people questioning whether or not he should be on the playoff roster at all. We know that most teams just use four-man rotations in the postseason and the White Sox have their four lined up.
We don’t know what the order will be yet but Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Carlos Rodon, and Dylan Cease all deserve to be in the playoff rotation. There are other good starters that will be in the bullpen like Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez, and Garrett Crochet. Every single one of those players has been significantly better than Keuchel this year.
It isn’t fun to watch because he was one of the first big players to choose the White Sox in free agency following their rebuild. Now, his role has clearly diminished but it isn’t because of a lack of loyalty. It is because he just simply hasn’t played well. Don’t be surprised if they go past using him as a reliever and just leave him off the playoff roster completely.