A Detroit Tigers sweep would have been the perfect way for the Chicago White Sox to start the 2022 season, but sometimes the ball bounces off the wall just over the right fielders’ glove for a game-winning shot. Hey, it’s a 162 game season, there’s going to be some head scratchers.
How the White Sox didn’t want to start their season, however, is with another player on IL before the end of Game 1. Lucas Giolito started the opening day and was strong for four innings – six outs at bat, two walks, and a hit. In the fourth inning, he started to feel some discomfort and didn’t come back. Giolito was diagnosed with an oblique injury and Tony La Russa Told the media on Saturday that he will miss at least two starts in the 10-day IL.
If it’s not obvious to players across the league wearing long sleeves under their jerseys, it’s extremely early in the season. And for the White Sox, anything resembling last season should be seen as a positive. They have won 90 or more games for the first time in 15 years. However, this season could have been even better if it hadn’t been for injuries.
Eloy Jiménez only made his season debut at the end of July due to a torn pectoral muscle during spring training. Luis Robert suffered a hip flexor injury in May last season and didn’t return until August. Just as these two were beginning their baseball activities in early July, Yasmani Grandal suffered a knee injury that kept him out of action for nearly two months. Tim Anderson has missed 39 games in total in 2021
The White Sox were also without Nick Madrigal all season and handled Carlos Rodón as best they could, but an elbow injury caught him in September. Rodón pitched in Game 4 against the Houston Astros during ALDS, but after allowing two runs in the third inning, he was called out. Michael Kopech was watched closely last season, working out of the bullpen in his first season on the pitch since a brief and successful 2018 season ended with injury at UCL – Kopech has opted out of the truncated 2020 season. He is back in the starting rotation this year.
Heading into the 2022 regular season, the White Sox were already down on Yoán Moncada with an oblique injury, and Lance Lynn – their top starting pitcher and top player last season by WAR – underwent right knee surgery and shouldn’t be back for at least a month. The White Sox have already attempted to fill Lynn’s void in the rotation by signing 36-year-old Johnny Cueto.
There’s no shame in 93 wins, but it might have been nice to have home-court advantage last season, or to get a better first-round game than the Houston Astros, who are one of baseball’s top teams for five years. A few games is all that usually separates teams at the top of the playoff standings, and if the White Sox have another injury-ridden season, they could find themselves at a serious disadvantage with the new playoff format.
All division winners are no longer guaranteed a reprieve from the wild card. Starting this postseason, the division winner with the worst record will have to play in a three-game wildcard series. It would be a shame if they won their division in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history and were stuck in a best-of-three for their life in the playoffs, because they have to play again. a few months without some of their best players. .
It’s all there for the White Sox. They took the scenic route to build a contender, but Rick Hahn and Ken Williams did it. Now they just have to hope for a late chance of injury, so this season’s story won’t be the same as the last.
They were really good, but imagine how much better they could have been.