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2020 MLB Chicago White Sox World Series Odds & Picks

The Chicago White Sox are Out to
Post Their First Winning Season Since 2012

It’s been eight years since the residents of the south side of Chicago have seen winning baseball. The White Sox have undergone a long rebuilding project, but it appears that this team is ready to contend in 2020.

The front office opened the checkbook by signing Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel, and Edwin Encarnacion, and that has the White Sox poised to challenge for a playoff spot.

2020 Chicago White Sox World Series
Betting Online Odds at FanDuel: +3300

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2020 Chicago White Sox
Season World Series Odds Overview

The White Sox are right in the middle of the pack in terms of World Series betting odds. They were projected to finish just over .500 according to the MLB season win totals listed at FanDuel, and they are currently picked to challenge Cleveland for second place in the AL Central.

American League Central

Minnesota is the odds-on favorite to win the division after its prospects came into their own in 2019. The White Sox and Indians are seen as the second- and third-best teams in the division, while the Royals and Tigers are likely to finish 20 games behind the rest of the pack since both clubs are in the middle of massive rebuilding efforts.

On the Hill

The addition of Keuchel gives the White Sox a proven arm in the rotation. While the former Cy Young winner’s production has tailed off over the past two seasons, he is certainly an improvement on what the club had in 2019. Keuchel held out for the first two months of the season before signing a one-year deal with the Braves, but he was solid in limited action with a 1.12 WHIP. He has the benefit of added rest due to his extended time off last year, so Chicago is optimistic he will hold up throughout the course of the contract.

Lucas Giolito was the top arm for the White Sox last season. The young pitcher is coming into his own with a 14-9 record and a 3.41 ERA, and his 11.6 K/9 was the top mark on the team. He did a solid job of limiting walks, and he was fantastic against left-handed batters, allowing them to hit just .172 in 176.2 innings of work. If Giolito can throw more than 200 innings, that would be a huge boost for this rotation.

There aren’t any other reliable arms in the rotation for the White Sox. Reynaldo Lopez and Dylan Cease both posted ERAs north of 5.30 in 2019, and Gio Gonzalez is a question mark after throwing just 87.1 innings in 2019. Gonzalez was a solid gamble given his contract, but the bullpen could be a mess outside of Alex Colome and Aaron Bummer.

At the Plate

The White Sox have an excellent power hitter in Jose Abreu. Abreu led the American League with 123 RBIs, posting 100 RBIs or more for five of the last six seasons in the process. He is one home run shy of averaging 30 home runs a year since coming into the league in 2014, and he was third on the team in OPS after Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson.

Moncada led the team with a .915 OPS, and he had a banner year after leading the majors in strikeouts in 2018. His strikeout rate was still pretty high (154 K’s), but he made much better contact and saw his OPS rise by over 200 points. He will need to bring that rate down further if he is to take the next step in his career.

Anderson had a monster season in 2019. He led all hitters with a .335 batting average after hitting just .240 in 2018. Anderson was able to slightly lower his strikeout rate, but his absurd .399 BABIP is unsustainable going forward.

2020 Chicago White Sox World Series Projection

There are a ton of red flags for the White Sox entering this season. Moncada and Anderson are certain to regress given their outlier performances in 2019, and the bottom half of the lineup is not inspiring. The rotation is a real concern outside of Giolito and Keuchel, and we might see some regression from those two arms as well. This has all the makings of an implosion, so stay away from the White Sox.

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