With Opening Day of the 2022 MLB season is right around the corner, Chicago White Sox fans are hoping that their team will take one step closer to being World Series material. One way of doing so is if the White Sox's starting rotation remains consistent after recording a 3.73 ERA in 2021 (No. 5).
Chicago's rotation was dealt a blow when Carlos Rodón signed with the San Francisco Giants this offseason. Despite that loss, White Sox fans will love where their team ranks on MLB.com's starting rotation power rankings.
White Sox Starting Rotation
MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince has listed the White Sox as having the fourth-best starting rotation ahead of the 2022 season. Considering how they only trail the Toronto Blue Jays (No. 3) when it comes to American League teams, that's plenty for fans to be excited about.
Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, Dallas Keuchel and Michael Kopech will make up the White Sox's rotation to start the season. All five pitchers were with Chicago last season, so there's already familiar with the team.
The biggest question mark of the group is likely Kopech. Although he's made 44 MLB appearances in 2021, he only started in four of those games while pitching 69.1 innings. Nevertheless, he went 1-0 in four starts with a 1.93 ERA and 0.71 WHIP, leaving the real test to be how he reacts to an increased workload.
Fortunately, the White Sox have Lynn, Giolito and Keuchel to rely on — three pitchers who each finished top-11 in AL Cy Young voting last year, with the first two placing inside the top five. Unless something drastically changes, fans can expect the same dominance in 2022.
The White Sox's starting pitchers playing up to standard will give them their best shot at winning their first title since 2005. Chicago currently has +1000 odds (T-No. 3) to win the 2022 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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