The Chicago White Sox had a dominant pitching staff in 2021. They had three starters finish in the top-11 for Cy Young voting and one reliever was there as well. It was a team that showed complete dominance for most of the season. The leader of the pack was Lance Lynn.
Lucas Giolito came into the season as the ace but Lynn (and Carlos Rodon) certainly helped ease the pressure of that on him. In fact, for most of 2021, Lynn would have been considered the ace. He was nominated for the Cy Young but came in third in the end. It was certainly a great year for him.
Lynn did most of his damage with the fastball. He certainly did some damage with his other pitches but nothing was as devastating as his heater. He was confident in it and it was giving him results which were super encouraging.
Lance Lynn also has the perfect attitude for the Chicago White Sox. He comes off as arrogant and confident which is exactly what this team needed. When he makes a big pitch in a game, he freaks out on the mound as if it’s his first-ever big pitch. It was a lot of fun to watch as he is an entertainer just as much as he is a pitcher.
The Chicago White Sox loved having Lance Lynn in 2021 and needs more of it.
It would be great to see Lynn repeat this performance in 2022. The White Sox pitching staff needs it badly. He was so good that the rest of the staff was just able to follow suit. He was also a tremendous leader on and off the field.
With some of the experience that Lynn has in his back pocket, the White Sox were able to take full advantage. 2022 is a year where he can help them take it to the next level. He will be even more comfortable as it won’t be his first year with a new team in a new city. He will just be able to come in and pitch. Hopefully, he is able to pitch just as well as he did in 2021 because that was a special year for him.