Five Major Questions for the 2016 Chicago White Sox

Getty Images - Duane Burleson

Getty Images – Duane Burleson

Can Chris Sale retain his dominance, and will the rotation support him?

In 2015, Chris Sale was the one burning flame of brilliance. Behind him Jeff Samardzija fizzled, and Jose Quintana had a good year, but without run support was not able to rack up many wins. This year Samardzija is gone, and it appears that Carlos Rodon is ready to step up into the three spot behind Sale/Quintana. That leaves John Danks and Erik Johnson to follow and the youngster, Frankie Montas, who has a flashy 100mph fastball, but suffered some in his first few outings, giving up several earned runs was traded to the Dodgers in the Todd Frazier acquisition. His loss leaves a gap should injury affect one of the top starters. Assuming Sale continues his dominance, and Quintana steps up, the rotation is in good shape, barring injury. Last year the White Sox starters gave their bullpen a very small amount of work, going deep often. They will have to continue this unless moves are made to deepen the pen in support.

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    • David_N_Wilson

      Thanks… article updated. That actually presents new problems, I think, as he was the most promising arm they had coming up…

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