The Chicago White Sox were all-in in 2011. They spent a lot of money on Adam Dunn, A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko. They also had huge contracts invested in Jake Peavy and Alex Rios. On paper (meaning money), they looked to be World Series contenders last year.
Yeah, how did that work out for them?
The White Sox will look to bounce back from a bad season in 2011 with a playoff berth in 2012. That will be difficult considering they traded their closer and one of their best hitters this offseason, and they have signed no one of significance.
But you just never know.
The White Sox have a shot to win their division this year, not because the Sox are good but because it is the worst division in the MLB. The Sox are pretty bad right now going into 2012. Everyone knows it, so don't get mad at me.
What can make that perception change, however, is if the Sox actually play up to their potential. If Alex Rios can actually hit a baseball, if Gordon Beckham can actually hit a baseball, and if Adam Dunn can actually show up to the park, then the Sox could be in good shape next year.
Here are my predictions for the White Sox lineup this season.
(I will not be predicting RBI totals because those, to me, are all about what the players in front of the hitter do and are way too hard to predict. Yes, this is just to save me from making terrible predictions on players RBI totals, but I just can't predict when a player's double is going to come when there's people on base. Sorry.)