White Sox Pitching
The health of Jake Peavy is important to the Chicago White Sox, but it might not be the most important thing to the team’s success. Their success will hinge on the pitching staff’s depth.
With the departure of former Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, the team has opened up the competition to be this year’s closer to the entire bullpen. And it’s a job they’d all love to have.
Spring training is just starting to pick up some steam. Over the course of the the next month of games, players will look to make the adjustments and prepare themselves for the long 162-game season.
Offensively, the Chicago White Sox should have plenty of fire power to compete for the division title. But with a big seasons by some of the starting pitchers the White Sox could be thinking bigger.
Over the offseason it wasn’t clear if Chris Sale’s role for the 2011 season would be as a starter or coming out of the bullpen.
For the Chicago White Sox, the competition to be the team’s closer might be the only positional battle taking place during training camp. While players like Matt Thornton want the job, winning is ultimately more important.
After signing free agent slugger Adam Dunn, re-signing Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, the White Sox now have a powerful offense to go along with a potentially dominating pitching staff.
For the 2011 Chicago White Sox, there are far more questions about the pitching than there are about the offense. And two of the major pitching questions can be answered with one player’s heath.