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Getting Defensive on the South Side

The 2010 White Sox seem to want to be the next team in this lineage, who improve by focusing on pitching and defense. They’ve got the pitching part down pat. Jake Peavy, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Mark Buehrle, and Daniel Hudson (or Freddy Garcia, whoever wins the fifth spot) form the top rotation in the division and one of the best in the AL. They improved their defense, too, I don’t think that’s too much to assert, but did they improve it enough? Like the previous two teams, I could see the White Sox both scoring and allowing fewer runs, which seems to be the trade-off these teams make, but I don’t know that they’ll prevent enough more runs to make it worthwhile. The ’07 Rays and ’08 Rangers were downright bad at preventing runs and at playing defense in general. The ’09 White Sox just weren’t that bad at it: they were 16th in DE and 14th in PADE, and their 4.5 runs allowed per game was ninth best in baseball last season.

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