Back End Of The Rotation
The Chicago White Sox needs all of their pitchers to play well in 2022.
After losing Carlos Rodon in free agency and Lance Lynn to injury, the White Sox rotation suddenly looks vulnerable. Lucas Giolito figures to be his usual reliable self. Dylan Cease is talented but still needs to take another step to become an elite pitcher.
Meanwhile, the bottom of the rotation is a huge question mark. Micheal Kopech is as talented as they come. But this will be his first time as a full-time starter so it is not fair to place huge expectations on him.
Dallas Keuchel was abysmal last season. It was so bad that the White Sox left him off the playoff roster. This came just one year removed from a 1.99 ERA in 2020. Time will tell if the former Cy-Young winner can bounce back in 2022.
Reynaldo Lopez figures to get the fifth starter duties to start the year. He was solid last season but he has been very inconsistent the past several seasons. In 2021, he started the year in Triple-A Charlotte.
Rick Hahn did add Johnny Cueto in an attempt to bolster the rotation in Lynn’s absence. Cueto is a solid veteran pitcher but he is not the dominating force he once was. He will start the season in Triple-A to tune-up before making his White Sox debut.
With a roster ready to contend for a World Series, it’s not good to this many have uncertainties. The rotation could wind up being a strength of the team. But there are way too many questions to say for sure.