Pre-Series Notes: The underachieving White Sox, Johnny Cueto’s first start in Toronto since the 2015 ALCS, and more!

The Chicago White Sox ran away with the American League Central in 2021 and it was expected they would have a relatively easy time winning the division again in 2022.

So far, not so good. The White Sox have been disappointing through the first two months of the season, as they sit second in the Central with a 23-23 record, four-and-a-half games back of the Minnesota Twins. Beyond that, their .500 record might actually be due to some good luck, as the White Sox have a -45 run differential, which is good for an 18-28 Pythagorean record, according to Baseball-Reference.
Two things are going well for the White Sox this season, starting pitching and Tim Anderson, and Anderson won’t be playing in this series as he was placed on the 10-day Injured List with a groin strain.
Outside of Dallas Keuchel, who was recently designated for assignment, the White Sox have a very good starting rotation. Lucan Giolito and Michael Kopech have been untouchable, Johnny Cueto has turned back the clock 10 years, and Dylan Cease has been just as good this year as he was last.
The issue is that the Sox don’t score much, as they rank fourth-last in baseball with 3.63 runs per game, a significant dip from the 4.91 runs per game they scored last season. Anderson is the heart of the team’s offence with a .356/.393/.503 slash line, while nobody else on the team has an O …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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