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2023 MLB season preview: AL Central

2. Chicago White Sox

After winning 93 games in 2021, the White Sox fell flat last season, going just 81-81. Still, the team remained in the hunt, as the Sox were 76-71 in mid September before a devastating eight-game losing streak ruined any hopes they had at the postseason. Chicago will have a new look in 2023, with Pedro Grifol replacing Tony La Russa as the team’s manager. 

Despite the change at the top, there weren’t as many moves made to the roster by general manager Rick Hahn compared to some in the division. Yet, the ones he did make could have the biggest impact in the AL Central. While the White Sox did lose Jose Abreu, they brought in a solid bat in Andrew Benintendi, and a veteran arm in Mike Clevinger.

Benintendi will add to a lineup that remains loaded with talent and potential, as Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Vaughn and Yasmani Grandal all provide plenty of pop for what could very well be the top offense in the division. 

The pitching staff also looks good on paper, and might be the main differentiator between the Sox and the Twins. Clevinger will join a top three in the starting rotation that includes strikeout machine Dylan Cease, as well as Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito, both of whom had strong prior seasons before faltering in 2022. If they can get back to form, and the bullpen can remain solid despite the loss of Liam Hendriks as he recovers from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, pitching could be a strength on the South Side in 2023.

Ultimately, the hopes for the White Sox winning the division seem to come down to just that. Provided it is healthy, the lineup looks solid once again, and with bounce back seasons, particularly from Lynn and Giolito, this team has 90-win potential with the ability to make some noise in the postseason.

Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox AL Central MLB 2023 season preview
Tim Anderson will be looking to lead the White Sox back to the postseason in 2023. (Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
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