Chicago White Sox: mlb FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2021 OUTLOOK
The White Sox are in win-now mode, as the club is hoping that hiring Tony La Russa out of retirement will pay dividends, as it did when he went to Oakland and St. Louis to win World Series titles there. He is looking to be the first manager to lead three different teams to championships. The pitching staff features three players who were in the top seven of Cy Young award voting, and reigning MVP Jose Abreu is also back.
After over a decade of missing the playoffs, the White Sox returned to the postseason as a wild card last year but were bounced in three games by Oakland in the first round. A surprising World Series title run in 2015 has still been the only year since 1917 that the team has won a playoff series, but this talented crew is favored to change that this season.
2021 Featured Players
Chicago's rotation is figuring to be one of the best in the majors. Lucas Giolito, who arrived on the national scene last year by tossing a no hitter and having a 12.07 K/9-inning ratio, is back and has the ability to win 15 games. Veteran Dallas Keuchel also returns, and Lance Lynn was acquired in a trade with Texas. Dylan Cease is a solid No. 4 option, and Michael Kopech is coming off Tommy John surgery after opting out of last year's shortened campaign. Aaron Bummer and Evan Marshall are set to platoon against lefties and righties in the closer role.
Jose Abreu seems to get better and better, as his 2020 season was his best yet, hitting 19 home runs and driving in 60 with a .317 average in last year's 60-game season. Yoan Moncada suffered from COVID-19 last year, so he has a chance to match his much-better 2019 numbers with a full, healthy campaign. Yasmani Grandal is one of the game's best catchers, and Tim Anderson and Nick Madrigal will patrol the infield and hope to hit above .300 for the second-straight season.
Bet on the Chicago White Sox! Chicago White Sox Odds for 2021
A bet on the Chicago White Sox is a trendy one for 2021, as their odds to win the World Series are the second-best in the American League behind the Yankees. The Chicago White Sox odds to win the Fall Classic stand at +900 (9/1). A bet on the Chicago White Sox to win the American League pennant will pay out with 4/1 odds, and the Chicago White Sox odds to take home the AL Central division title for the first time since 2008 will payout at -125, as they are the favorites over Minnesota (+150).
White Sox Logo, Uniform & Stadium History
Playoff appearances for the White Sox have been few and far between, and if they make the postseason this year, it will mark the first time in their 120-year franchise history that they make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. They won the AL Central in 1983 (under La Russa), 1993, and 2000—losing in their first series each time. The White Sox won the division under manager Ozzie Guillen in 2005 and 2008, winning the World Series with a four-game sweep of Houston in '05. Harold Baines was one of the best players for the Sox in the 1980s, and Carlton Fisk ended his Hall-of-Fame career there. Jack McDowell was a star pitcher on the south side of Chicago in the 1990s as well. Frank Thomas led the team to the 1993 and 2000 division crowns and contributed to the World Series-winning team in 2005. Mark Buehrle and Paul Konerko were also stars on the 2005 club.
The White Sox' Roman-style "SOX" logo is a throwback to the club's original logo in the early part of the 20th century. The team had a number of wild uniform innovations in the 1970s and 80s under eccentric owner Bill Veeck. While collars and uniform numbers on the pant legs didn't stay, one innovation did: the White Sox were the first team to have names on the back of their uniform. The current home uniform is white with black pinstripes, with the "SOX" logo on the left side of the top. Road grays feature a black "Chicago" script across the front. Alternate black tops are similar to the home jersey with the colors reversed (and no pinstripes), and there's also an alternate uniform that is a throwback to the 1980s' jersey with a blue band cross the middle with SOX written in white. These uniforms look more like the Montreal Canadiens' uniforms of the NHL rather than a baseball uniform.
Chicago plays their games at Guaranteed Rate Field, which has had several name changes since opening as the new Comiskey Park in 1991.
2020 Record: 35-25, Second Place in American League Central (Lost AL First Round Series to Oakland)