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Chicago White Sox Betting – Difficult To Assess Expectations For White Sox Team In Rebuild Mode

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 3/28/2012 4:13:52 PM
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Heading in to the 2011 MLB regular season, the Chicago White Sox were expected to contend for a division title in the American League Central, make some noise in the postseason, and maybe even have a chance to represent the AL in the World Series. Fast-forward through a year that could basically be summarized by the absolutely pathetic display by free agent addition Adam Dunn and a handful of Ozzie Guillen sound bites, and suddenly the White Sox have transformed from contenders to rebuilding mode with no celebration in between. Chicago heads in to the 2012 regular season with a new manager in Robin Ventura, but not much in terms of upgrades to their actual roster after finishing last year below .500, which makes it hard to assess sportsbook expectations heading in to a rebuild under general manager Kenny Williams.

In his entire tenure with the club, Williams not once mentioned the word rebuilding, but after more than a sports betting decade he must have felt that now was the perfect time to make the necessary changes to recover from last year’s collapse. The starting rotation took a major hit with the loss of Mark Buehrle to the Miami Marlins in the offseason, and will now likely rely on John Danks at the top of the rotation. Danks had an ugly 4.33 ERA a year ago, but there isn’t much there in terms of depth for Chicago, since Jake Peavy hasn’t made more than 18 starts in a season since 2008, and Gavin Floyd pitched his highest ERA since 2007 a year ago with a 4.37 mark. Williams also traded a couple of quality relievers in Sergio Santos and Jason Frasor, the former in which was a total fleecing by the Toronto Blue Jays, which will now use him as their closer.

As far as the offense is concerned, it can’t get much worse for Dunn, who batted just .159 with 11 home runs and 177 strikeouts in his first year in Chicago, among the many illustrations of just how bad things got for the White Sox. Paul Konerko continues to produce despite the fact that he is now 36-years old, but he isn’t getting any younger, and there isn’t much power behind him in the order. Alex Rios is another bust that is coming off the worst season of his career with a batting average of just .227, and it’s unlikely that a move to right field will be enough to resurrect his career.

The bottom line here is that for as bad as many White Sox players were last year, it would be difficult for them to be any worse, which leads to a small amount of optimism for players like Dunn and Rios and the possibility to be better. However, with the losses of Buehrle, Santos, and Frasor, Chicago lost a ton of pitching talent including their ace and closer, and did nothing to address that area in the offseason. Where that leaves a team that finished below .500 even with those players a year ago only time will tell, but in what Williams has openly called a rebuilding year, it doesn’t seem to make much sense to put much in to the White Sox sports bet stock for this coming season.

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