The Chicago White Sox have lineup questions that must be answered before the 2013 season begins. It will be up to second-year manager Robin Ventura to squeeze every ounce of offensive production out of the White Sox batting order.
It will not be an easy task.
See, a lot has changed for the White Sox offense since the end of the 2012 season.
Gone to free agency are veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski and third baseman Kevin Youkilis. They have been replaced by infielder Jeff Keppinger and—for the moment, at least—Tyler Flowers.
While Keppinger may actually bring an offensive skill set that is better fitted to the White Sox, Flowers looks to be a less-than-ideal option at the plate.
Then, there is always the feast-or-famine left-handed-hitting strikeout machine, Adam Dunn.
White Sox team captain Paul Konerko is another reason for concern. How he responds to an offseason procedure to remove bone fragments from his wrist will be critical to how successful the White Sox are from an offensive perspective.
And those are just a few of the offensive storylines White Sox fans have had the privilege of following this offseason. Oy.
So, with a pitching staff that can carry the White Sox into October, here are five potential lineups to start the season.