By: Trent Pruitt (@trentbets)
The 2021 MLB season is just a few weeks away and the White Sox open as favorites to win the A.L. Central. They’re tied for fourth in terms of Vegas betting odds to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy in October. The expectations are high on the Southside entering 2021 so I have to pose the question: Are we in a World Series or bust scenario for the Chicago White Sox?
Total Wins: 90.5 (Over -130, Under +110)
Odds to Win A.L. Central: -120
Odds to Win A.L. Pennant: +425
Odds to Win World Series: +1000
It’s taken a few years but Chicago’s rebuild has crescendoed to this point and the World Series title window is open.
The player development has been fantastic. They’ve been able to get the most out of guys like Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert. Tim Anderson has turned into a superstar and Jose Abreu is a beast (and an MVP).
Chicago’s pitching staff is primed and ready to roll. Lucas Giolito cemented himself as a top of the line ace while the ground ball inducing Dallas Keuchel has slotted nicely into the two-spot of the rotation. The bullpen has come into its own with Aaron Bummer and Evan Marshall being some of the most feared setup men in the league.
The front office has made big moves and Jerry Renisdorf opened up the checkbook on multiple occasions. They signed Yasmani Grandal to a $73 million contract over four years and Liam Hendriks this past offseason for $54 million and three years.
But it could be argued that the biggest move the Sox made was to bring in the legendary Tony La Russa to manage the club. The Hall of Famer is a well documented “player’s coach” and he’s won three World Series, six pennants, and 12 division titles. This guy was on analytics and sabermetrics before Nate Silver was alive. White Sox newcomer Lance Lynn only has positives to say about TLR. The big righty was a rookie on La Russa’s pitching staff when the Cardinals won the World Series in 2011.
The expectations are astronomical as we head into the 2021 campaign. So can they do it? The championship window is wide open for the White Sox and they have the best shot they’ve ever had to go with a World Series. Only time will I tell but I look forward to watching World Series baseball at Guaranteed Rate Field in late October.