2010 Chicago White Sox Season Preview
The Chicago White Sox fell short of the playoffs in 2009, and you know that doesn't sit well at all with fiesty manager Ozzie Guillen.
The White Sox are hopeful that a couple of offseason moves will put them over the top in the American League Central in 2010.
What's not to love about Chicago's starting rotation? The staff is led by veteran Mark Buerhle, who is as competitive as they get on the mound. He also is one of the quickest working pitchers, and it's tough to get him out of his rhythm when he is on his game.
Two youngsters, John Danks and Gavin Floyd, continue to improve and are among the top pitchers in the American League.
Then there is potential ace Jake Peavy, who was acquired at the trade deadline but wasn't able to help much in a playoff push last year because of injuries. If he is healthy and back to his old self, this will be a dominant rotation in 2010.
Bartolo Colon, the former Cy Young award winner, rounds out the starting rotation. He is not nearly the pitcher he used to be, but you have love having an innings-eater like Colon as your fifth starter.
Peavy's return is highly anticipated, but so is that of big bopper Carlos Quentin. After nearly winning the MVP award in 2008, Quentin missed much of last season with a wrist injury.
His return won't only add his big numbers back to the offensive production of the team, but it will help other players around him in the lineup as well. First baseman Paul Konerko should see a lot more pitches to hit with Quentin protecting him.
The White Sox also have high hopes for outfielder Alex Rios, who they acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. Rios disappointed in Toronto after getting a big contract, but Chicago is hopeful he will mature and realize his potential in his new home.
The White Sox let designated hitter Jim Thome walk via free agency, figuring his better days were behind him. They were also concerned that his back problems were becoming more of an issue and could lead to considerable time on the disabled list.
The White Sox are likely to be right in the thick of things with the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers in the division race, and it will likely come down to the final week yet again to determine who reaches the postseason.