Brad Fosler

Breaking down what we learned in the 2019 White Sox season

Breaking down what we learned in the 2019 White Sox season

With the playoffs underway - and the White Sox not in them - we decided to look back on the 2019 season and take a glance into the future. The ‘team of the future’ just might have a lot to offer… and it might already be here.

We sat down with our Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber, Leila Rahimi, Ozzie Guillen and Scott Merkin, White Sox writer for MLB.com, to get their take on the South Siders. 

Following our look at the best storylines of 2019, we asked our experts to explain what insights they picked up from the 2019 season.

"We know what the White Sox have and we know what they don't have," says Chuck Garfien.

The 2019 season was a great glimpse into the future for the White Sox. The team was missing one of their highly touted young starters in Michael Kopech, but with Kopech returning for the 2020 season we can expect to see a nice jolt in the rotation.

"We learned that this team has a core," says Vinnie Duber. "A young core that's gonna be going forward to hopefully produce contenders on an annual basis."

The White Sox young core, made up of Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito and Jose Abreu (among others) showed off their talent in the 2019 season. Each had a brush with injury but it didn't stop them from producing on a level the White Sox haven't seen in a while.

Apart from the success in 2019, we also learned that there are some gaps that still need to be filled, one of which is starting pitching. While the starting rotation is good, it's not great, so this offseason should be interesting for sure.

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"The base is there," Merkin said, "but they are still a little bit lacking in depth."

We'll have to wait and see what 2020 brings us, but as of now things are looking up and people are noticing the potential.

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Lucas Giolito, Tim Anderson earn spot on 'best storylines of 2019 White Sox'

Lucas Giolito, Tim Anderson earn spot on 'best storylines of 2019 White Sox'

With the playoffs underway - and the White Sox not in them - we decided to look back on the 2019 season and take a glance into the future. The ‘team of the future’ just might have a lot to offer… and it might already be here.

We sat down with our Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber, Leila Rahimi, Ozzie Guillen and Scott Merkin, White Sox writer for MLB.com, to get their take on the South Siders. 

First up, the best storylines of the 2019 White Sox season.

“It’s tough to choose one,” says Chuck Garfien just before naming his top four storylines of the season in Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito.

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“The best story of 2019 has got to be Lucas Giolito,” said Vinnie Duber. “To go from statistically the worst pitcher in baseball in 2018 to an All-Star and the ace of the staff in 2019… amazing.”

Lucas Giolito finished the 2018 season with a 10-13 record, a 6.13 ERA and 90 walks. Fast-forward to the end of his 2019 campaign and he’s improved to a 14-9 record, a 3.41 ERA, and a 1.064 WHIP. Giolito had not recorded a single complete game or shutout in his young career until his 2019 season when he tossed three complete games and two shutouts.

So, what does this mean? Well, it means you can expect to see more of the ‘2019 style’ Lucas Giolito. With Dylan Cease entering his first full season and Michael Kopech set to return after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year, Giolito might be the ace now, but there could be some internal competition over who becomes the ace of the future.

“The way he performed against some of the league’s best teams was something to behold,” says Leila Rahimi. “Someone is gonna emerge to become the ace, and it turned out to be Lucas Giolito.” 

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