The Long Game: Potential AL Central Breakouts

The Long Game: Potential AL Central Breakouts

This article is part of our The Long Game series.

With the two eastern divisions in the books, it's time to head west, or at least midwest. It's also time to consider the impact of the latest rumor regarding possible games, as MLB is floating the idea of creating some sort of closed-off baseball bubble in Arizona. I'm not going to get into the merits of that plan beyond saying it strangely mirrors a certain dril tweet, but if it does come to pass in some fashion, the impact on stats would be enormous. Last year's regular-season homer boom could look quaint in comparison.

Now, let's take a look at the AL Central:

White Sox

Shallow: Reynaldo Lopez

Lopez feels like one of those guys who's been in the majors long enough to disappoint pretty much every GM in your entire fantasy league, but he's actually only headed into his fifth MLB campaign. The right-hander is still only 26 and still features stuff that, on the surface, seems top shelf, but the lack of life and spin on his fastball and curve have made him too hittable. Even so, he posted the best swinging strike rate of his career in 2019, and for the second straight year he finished strong. Pale Hose pitching coach Don Cooper finally unlocked Lucas Giolito's potential, and with Yasmani Grandal's veteran hand behind the plate helping to guide him, Lopez could be next on the list to step up.

Deep: Jimmy Cordero

Alex Colome remarkably didn't get traded last year, breaking

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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