2023 Tale of the Tape Breakdown: Playoff Contenders, Mariners vs White Sox
Why the White Sox are a threat to the Mariners
I get that I have not proposed the most convincing argument for the team from the South Side to be a threat to the Seattle Mariners, but I do believe they are a team to keep an eye on.
This team has seen some changes, but don't forget a good chunk of their core remains from a 2021 team that won 93 games and a division title. Their pitching rotation screams for a bounceback. They have Dylan Cease, the runner-up to the Cy Young award, leading their rotation, but if they can get guys like Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn back on track, this is a strong rotation.
Their offense struggled through injuries last season as well as disappointing seasons. If really good players such as Yasmani Grandal, Yoan Moncada, Luos Robert, and Tim Anderson can get healthy and back to their 2021 numbers, this team is probably co-favorites with Cleveland for the AL Central. Health, a few bouncebacks, and a positive culture change could be all they need to return to their competitive window.