Will the White Sox Shock the World? Read Below for One Expert’s Opinion
Friday, March 25, 2016
Today’s Spring Training News
Sox Projected to Win 88 Games, AL Central
It’s that time of year when baseball experts everywhere are making predictions. One of those experts is Clay Davenport, an original member of Baseball Prospectus. There are some fascinating things in his projections for the upcoming season and one of them is that the White Sox, at 88-74, will win the American League Central.
Writer Will Carroll, in assessing Davenport’s results for the FanDuel Insider, wrote that the White Sox have one of his most shocking projections:
“The AL Central is thought by most to be a two-way race between the Royals (projected at 71-91 here) and the Cleveland Indians (85-77). Instead, Davenport’s projections have the southsiders passing both by and putting up a big 88-win total.
“Most of the offensive impetus comes from Jose Abreu, a five-win projection and 1.000-plus OPS that could put the Cuban slugger in MVP discussions if it comes to pass. Davenport also sees a return to form from Adam Eaton. On the pitching side, their strength is at the top. Chris Sale could be a Cy Young candidate again and while Jose Quintana may not be a sexy name, he’s a solid starter. If Carlos Rodon can build on his rookie campaign and Mat Latos can stay healthy – something the White Sox are very good at – then this does have the makings of a surprise contender.”
More Davenport projections:
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:10 p.m. CT). Quintana gets the starting nod for the Sox.
Jimmy Rollins connected for his fourth Cactus League homer, a solo shot, and Brett Lawrie belted his third, a two-run blow, in the White Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Angels at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The two homers brought the Sox’ spring total to 36.
The Rollins and Lawrie homers and a terrific leaping grab by Melky Cabrera:
Following yesterday’s game, the White Sox made the following roster moves: Reassigned SS Tim Anderson, RHP Matt Lollis and LHP Matt Purke to minor-league camp.
With these moves, the Sox have 37 players remaining in major-league camp: 17 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and eight outfielders.
Quote of the Day
Top Sox prospect Anderson (pictured above) was sent down, but not before he made a positive impression on Robin (via @csnhayes):
“It’s been big for him to come up here. I think Jimmy (Rollins has) been a pretty good influence on him, and for him to be able to be around him and to really slow down the game. I think when you’re younger you see the game in a certain way, but you want to do everything fast to show everybody how fast you can do stuff. Jimmy has a really good internal clock of being able to slow down the game. I think in talking to him today, that’s the biggest thing that Timmy’s got. Offensively he’s a talent. He’s a very aggressive swinger. He can put the barrel on it very often and hard. I think the biggest thing for me seeing him in the last couple years is, defensively, he just looks so much better and confident and slows the game down a lot.”
White Sox (split squad ) vs. Reds at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, WLS, CSN).
White Sox (split squad) vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (9:05 p.m. CT).
Photo of the Day
Spanning three generations of Sox fans…