|Chicago White Sox 2006 Summary|
It wasn’t that long ago that the White Sox won the World Series but last year’s team didn’t look anything like a champion. They were a major bust against the baseball betting odds. Online baseball betting experts like the starting rotation of Chicago.
The team has Mark Buehrle, Javier Vazquez, Jon Garland and Jose Contreras. With that rotation you would think the team would be an online baseball betting success, but that was not the case last year.
The major culprit last year in the demise of the White Sox according to baseball betting experts was the offense. They were last in the American League in runs scored. They batted only .246 according to online baseball betting stats. First baseman Paul Konerko and right fielder Jermaine Dye both had bad years. They lost starting 3B Joe Crede early in the season, and DH Jim Thome missed some time and their performance overall as a team suffered. A.J. Pierzynski is a solid catcher and Konerko is a good first baseman so they should rebound with good years according to online baseball betting experts.
Second base is a major hole since Iguchi was traded. Shortstop is not much better according to online baseball betting experts with Juan Uribe. Unfortunately third base is no better according to online baseball betting experts with inconsistent Joe Crede. The outfield also has question marks. Jermaine Dye is getting old, Jerry Owens is not a starting outfielder and Scott Podsednik has no power. The team also has an old DH in Jim Thome and Darin Erstad is not much more than a backup player. Things will be better on offense but the lineup has serious problems at second, short and in center according to online baseball betting experts.
The pitching should be better according to baseball betting experts but the bullpen needs to save games. Bobby Jenks is a good closer but needs more chances. Mike MacDougal blew too many games as online baseball betting experts remember. Mike Myers is a nice setup man but can’t pitch enough innings. Chicago had the third most errors in the AL last year so they need to improve that area as well according to online baseball betting experts.
Most online baseball betting experts can’t figure the White Sox out. They seem to have a great rotation and enough offense to win games yet they didn’t. They are definitely a team that could surprise in 2008 according to baseball betting experts.