American League Central
DF: Chicago White Sox
The AL Central is a two horse race between Chicago and Minnesota. Minnesota remains an upper-echelon team in the American League, but the White Sox cannot be ignored. New manager Tony La Russa has an incredibly talented team to work with. Led by reigning MVP Jose Abreu, Chicago’s lineup is stacked 1-9. Its rotation is led by two aces — Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn — and has quality throughout including veteran Dallas Keuchel. The Sox also have a solid bullpen, spearheaded by Liam Hendriks — the best closer in baseball.
HA: Chicago White Sox
The AL Central featured the tightest race in all of baseball last year, with three teams finishing within a game of the No. 1 spot. Minnesota ultimately took home the win buoyed by a league-best 24-7 record. However, the White Sox were firmly on the Twins’ heels and actually boasted the best run-differential in the division. This could be the year the young White Sox finally break through. The roster is stacked from top-to-bottom, with an improved rotation thanks to the addition of Lance Lynn, and a star-studded lineup that features the reigning American League MVP Jose Abreu.
JF: Chicago White Sox
The baby Sox are ready to fully emerge as a force in this league. Loaded with talent across its roster, this team is both dynamic and immensely gifted. From a pitching standpoint, the move to acquire Lance Lynn was quite shrewd. The White Sox now have a legit one-two punch at the top of its rotation with Lynn and Luc Giolito. Also, this team definitely has a chance to lead all of baseball in home runs.
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