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Chicago White Sox Betting Tips – White Sox Poised For Tough Season Ahead In 2013

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 2/10/2013 6:18:54 PM

The Chicago White Sox finished just short of a playoff spot in 2012. Bouncing back to make it this year won’t be any easier with the Detroit Tigers locked in atop the American League Central division. The sports betting MLB future odds have the White Sox listed as the favorites to finish second in the division behind Detroit in 2013, and with the three teams that finished below them in 2012 all taking steps to improve, matching last year’s 85-77 record will be difficult. Factor in a couple of notable losses, and the White Sox are in for what should be a tough season ahead.

Among the notable losses for the White Sox this offseason is AJ Pierzynski, the veteran catcher that provided quality play both in the field and in the batter’s box. Pierzynski may not have been the veteran mentor that his playing status might suggest, but he was very consistent and Chicago will now turn to Tyler Flowers and Hector Gimenez in his place. The White Sox will also rely on Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn matching their production, and that could be tough for Dunn in particular after he bounced back from an awful year to produce last season. Alejando De Aza will be asked to step up his consistency as the leadoff man this online betting season, and they won't have Kevin Youkilis anymore either.

The White Sox can't afford any injuries to the top of their rotation, but that could be tough with veterans like Chris Sale and Jake Peavy listed as their one-two punch. Both were solid for Chicago a year ago, but Peavy in particular is getting up there in years and will be asked to deliver as this online betting team's No. 2. The rest of the rotation will be filled out by John Danks, Gavin Floyd, and Jose Quintana, and while they are sufficient enough to fill out those spots, it isn't as though that group has the arms to overwhelm opposing hitters.While the bullpen is serviceable with Addison Reed and the addition of Matt Lindstrom, it isn't very deep.

Considering everything that the club has been through in terms of personnel changes over the past two years it wouldn't be a surprise if the White Sox made a couple of moves before the season begins, but what they can afford is the big unknown. Kyle Lohse and Michael Bourn are among the big names still available on the free agent market, but each of those two will come with a considerable price tag, and it could be more than Chicago can afford. General manager Rick Hahn promised White Sox fans that if his club is in contention later in the year the White Sox will do what they can to add to their depth, but with the rest of the division improving it could be too late by then. The Tigers will once again win the AL Central in 2013, and the way the rest of the league is shaping up, they may be the lone playoff team from their division this online sportsbook season.

Prediction: 83-79; Second Place In AL Central

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