This is the perfect Chicago White Sox rotation in 2023
The Chicago White Sox have a lot of great pitchers on this team. That was one of the few strengths of this team that went 81-81 in 2022 which made them the most disappointing team in all of baseball.
If they can just work on their offense and make some minor tweaks to the pitching staff, they could be one of the league’s bounce-back teams. A new manager will certainly help out with that as well.
A starting rotation that is playoff-caliber will be needed as well. There are plenty of options within the organization to have start in the rotation and there are a few options that can be brought in via a trade or free agency.
This is what the perfect rotation for the 2023 Chicago White Sox would look like if they use their resources properly:
The Chicago White Sox rotation could be elite if it performs to its strengths.
5. Lucas Gilito
Lucas Giolito had a terrible year in 2022 and will be the first to admit it. However, one bad season does not erase what he did in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
He was one of the best pitchers in the league during that stretch and deserves a chance to bounce back. His ERA climbed up a lot at the end of the year and his offseason adjustments could make trading him look really bad.
4. Lance Lynn
Lance Lynn can be the ace of a team. The White Sox rotation might be deep enough in 2023 for him t be the number four which would really say a lot about the guys in front of him. He should be fully healthy and ready to go for another big season.
3. Michael Kopech
Like Lance Lynn, Michael Kopech can be the ace of the staff. He has magnificent arm talent and he could be the best on the team. However, he needs to keep developing his skills to make sure that he can be elite on a more consistent basis. That could be the case in 2023.
2. Carlos Rodon
The Chicago White Sox should have never let Carlos Rodon go. He should have been at the top of their list of people to make sure comes back and they let him go to the San Francisco Giants where he was one of the best pitchers in the National League.
He has now proven that he can be elite for a whole season which should make him a target for the White Sox this offseason. If he wanted to come back, there should be no hesitation.
1. Dylan Cease
Dylan Cease is going to come in second place for the American League Cy Young Award. Only Justin Verlander was slightly better all season long. As a result, you can firmly claim Cease as the current ace of this staff that is hoping to make a return to the postseason next year.
If Cease can continue dominating, the White Sox will have one of the game’s premier starters at the front of the rotation. Expect him to be the Opening Day starter and the game one starter if they were to make it to the playoffs.
There is no doubt that this would be the best possible rotation for them if they were able to somehow land Rodon.