Found July 10, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
When dissecting the Chicago White Sox current 25-man roster, the holes are few and far between. For the most part, the starting pitching has been good behind aces Chris Sale and Jake Peavy; the offense has been powerful, or at least timely, as the team leads the majors in hitting with runners in scoring position; and the bullpen has been solid to this point, overcoming an excess of youth in the form of six rookies. I’d just like to emphasize how young the unit is. Photo courtesy MTV Now don’t be mistaken, there clearly are still a couple of question marks, and they are as follows: The back end of the rotation The middle of the bullpen The bench So let’s take a deeper look at each of those areas of concern and discuss not only how we can expect Kenny Williams to address them, but what really should be done (as we overly-optimistic and sometimes unrealistic fans should do more often). The Rotation Even though 2012 seems like it’s treated Gavin Floyd very poorly, he’s actually been ...

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