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2009 AL Previews: Chicago White Sox

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Team Name: Chicago White Sox

2008 W-L Record: 89-74

Place in division: 1st

 

2009 Projected Lineup

Player

Pos.

A. J. Pierzynski

C

Paul Konerko

1B

Chris Getz

2B

Alexei Ramirez

SS

Josh Fields

3B

Carlos Quintin

LF

Brian Anderson

CF

Jermaine Dye

RF

Jim Thome

DH

Key Bench Players

Player

Pos.

Wilson Betemit

IF

Dewayne Wise

OF

Pudge?

C

2009 Projected Rotation

Player

Pos.

Mark Buehrle

SP1

John Danks

SP2

Gavin Floyd

SP3

Clayton Richard

SP4

Lance Broadway?

SP5

Key Relievers

Player

Pos.

Bobby Jenks

Closer

Matt Thornton

Setup

Octavio Dotel

Setup

Scott Linebrink

Setup

2009 Outlook Paragraph

To me at least, the 2009 White Sox are a bit of a conundrum. They are built to compete this year in some places, but seem to be hanging by a thread. As Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, Jim Thome, and Mark Buehrle go so will this White Sox team, to a certain extent. They also are depending on young players across the rest of the diamond. Underachieving ex-prospects will be relied on at 3B and CF, and resurrected prospects will hope to repeat there breakouts last year. The back-end of the rotation is filled with question marks, but the bullpen should be good. This team could win some ball games or be out of it by the trade-deadline and have a massive fire sale. In the AL Central, though, who knows what will happen.