All offseason long, it has become more and more apparent that the Detroit Tigers are the biggest threat to the Chicago White Sox in 2022. A lot of people think that the Minnesota Twins are better but that can’t be right.
They added Carlos Correa to a team that finished near the bottom of the American League in 2021. Their rotation isn’t very good and their overall pitching is just weak. They will score a lot of runs but they did that last year too. They are no threat as of right now.
The real threat comes from Detroit. They were abysmal in the first half of 2021. As their young players started to progress at the MLB level, however, they got much better as the season went along. Their second half of the season was over .500 and at about an 85 win pace over 162 games.
All they did this offseason was build on it. It starts with the great young players that are going to come up and make a big impact in short order. Few teams should be as excited for their prospects as the Tigers are right now.
The Chicago White Sox needs to be careful with the Detroit Tigers in 2022.
They also added studs like Tucker Barnhart, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Javier Baez. All of these things came before they made a big trade on Monday night when they sent Isaac Paredes to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Austin Meadows.
Meadows doesn’t play good defense or hit for a high average but he is a very effective power hitter at times. He had 106 RBIs and hit 27 home runs for the Rays in 2021. He has had a few great offensive seasons like that and now is looking for more.
The Tigers still aren’t as deep of a team as the White Sox but this really helps them. They are going to be a very tough team to play against all season long. Adding Meadows to that lineup is scary as they look to take another big step in the 2022 season.
The White Sox head to Detroit to take on the Tigers in their first game of the season on Friday. They will get their first glimpse of Meadows and the rest of their awesome additions right away. Hopefully, the Tigers playing well helps motivate the White Sox to be the best versions of themselves. With a young and vibrant team like that, it is hard to see them having a truly bad year.