2011 MLB Predictions: Will Revamped White Sox Take Home the AL Central Crown?
2011 MLB Predictions Have White Sox Looking Better in AL Central with Adam Dunn
The Minnesota Twins aren't the same team as they were last season, in a bad way, and the Chicago White Sox aren't the same team as they were last season, in a good way.
So, after the White Sox finished the 2010 season six games behind the Twins, things are looking up, right?
Well, yes and no.
The truth is the White Sox still have starters Jake Peavy and Edwin Jackson to deal with, who single-handedly could lift the team to the division lead and just as easily send it crumbling.
Peavy and manager Ozzie Guillen are already apparently a little tense with each other, after Peavy may have pushed himself back too soon from injury, injuring himself again in the process.
Jackson is highly erratic, and can dominate just as much as he can implode.
The truth is, as Big Lead Sports' Tim Ryan points out, "Justin Morneau played 81 games last year, exactly half a season, and this team still won 94 games. That information alone should tell you everything you need to know about the Minnesota Twins."
The Twins are simply a more stable team mentally, and because of this I project them to eke out a few more wins than the White Sox, despite the lift Adam Dunn will give the club.
The Twins' bullpen has lost a step, with Matt Guerrier leaving for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and that should hurt them, but I still think the team has enough to win the division with a rotation of Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing, Nick Blackburn and Scott Baker or Kevin Slowey.
For Jeff Hrdlichka's take on the AL Central race, go here.
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