White Sox starters have farfetched 2019 AL Cy Young odds
White Sox starters have farfetched 2019 AL Cy Young odds
Westgate posted their 2019 AL Cy Young odds this week and all five projected Chicago White Sox starters are considered extreme longshots.
The Chicago White Sox are entering the 2019 season without a lot of strengths to lean on after 195 losses in the last two season and most of their top prospects still a ways off. However, they hope that the rotation could be a pleasant surprise with a mix of veterans of who have experienced past success and younger players they hope to see move forward. All five of their projected starters are among players with 2019 AL Cy Young odds listed at Westgate. Like with everything concerning the White Sox entering 2019, the pitching rotation is still several years and a number of prospects away from what they hope will be an end product that can open up a title window. But they hope that they can find a few pieces from their current staff and obviously a surprise AL Cy Young winner puts them well ahead of schedule to develop a staff. __Play to win:__ [Enter our free contests and win BetChicago swag and even cash!](https://betchicago.chalkline.com/) So let’s take a look at each player’s odds and look at what they could potentially do in 2019 to become one of baseball’s best. ## Chicago White Sox 2019 AL Cy Young odds Carlos Rodon 100/1 Reynaldo Lopez 100/1 Ivan Nova 200/1 Lucas Giolito 200/1 Ervin Santana 200/1 ## White Sox 2019 AL Cy Young outlook As you might expect, the White Sox’s two most productive starters, Carlos Rodon and Reynaldo Lopez, from last year are their two best shots at winning the 2019 AL Cy Young. And while it’s extremely unlikely, that either take the enormous leap forward necessary to win the award, they do have the sort of stuff to say that it’s possible. Rodon was the No. 3 overall pick at the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft and he was considered the most finished pitching product in that draft. With a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon quickly found his way to the majors and has shown flashes of being a top-end starter but injuries and a high walk-rate have set him back. In his return from shoulder surgery last summer, he made the concerted effort to pitch to weak contact more as opposed to pitching to strikeouts and it worked for about a few months despite yielding a huge dropoff in strikeouts. Unfortunately for the White Sox, his misses started to leak back over the plate and Rodon got tagged late in the season. If he can implement that [plan of attack](https://theathletic.com/820415/2019/02/15/letters-from-camp-carlos-rodon-is-ready-for-an-abnormal-healthy-year/) more effectively while using his giant slider and an improved changeup to keep hitters off balance, all while reducing his walk rate, he could still be an upper-echelon starter in the AL. It’s a big ask, but it’s a best-case scenario that is possible. __More:__ [Best and worst-case scenarios for the White Sox offensive depth chart in 2019](https://www.betchicago.com/white-sox-offensive-depth-chart-scenarios-2019) Lopez was the most competitive White Sox starter in 2018 with his high-90s fastball and impressive durability. However, like most of Chicago’s starters last year, he struggled at times generating swings and misses while walking too many hitters. But what was encouraging was that after spending most of the year learning to pitch to contact to get deeper into games, Lopez closed the year with six straight quality starts and averaged more than a strikeout per inning during those starts. Even with his season-long strikeout numbers not living up to his big fastball, he could start to lean on a slider that he generates swings and misses with 17 percent of the time he throws it and that could improve his profile. Still, it’s hard to see him making that sort of a jump in just a single season. Beyond those two, Lucas Giolito was once a top prospect, so there’s always the hope that he’ll realize his enormous potential all at once. But he’s at a point where he’s had to evolve his arsenal and [his plan of attack](https://theathletic.com/842154/2019/02/28/lucas-giolito-is-back-in-the-lab-trying-to-start-a-prove-it-season-on-the-right-foot/) just to survive as a Major Leaguer and he’s more likely to be sent down than he is to make a Cy Young-sized leap forward after last season’s enormous disappointment. __More:__ [Examining White Sox home run props for 2019](https://www.betchicago.com/white-sox-home-run-odds-props-2019-abreu-jimenez-palka-moncada) Ivan Nova was once a Rookie of the Year candidate for the Yankees with thoughts that he could be a front-of-rotation starter who could be an upper-echelon guy. Nearly a decade later, he’s just a capable No. 4 or No. 5 starter who can reliably eat up innings. Ervin Santana made his second All-Star appearance and finished inside the top 10 in Cy Young voting for the second time in his career in 2017 as a 34-year-old, so it’s always possible that he regains that form. But even then, he’s reliant on solid defense and pretty good overall team success around him and never approached the level of dominance that would earn him serious consideration over guys like Chris Sale and Corey Kluber. Eventually, Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease have the sort of stuff that if everything goes perfect, they could evolve into one of baseball’s best starters. But when you consider that Chris Sale never finished better than third in AL Cy Young voting during his time with the White Sox, it’s hard to recommend betting any White Sox starter in AL Cy Young futures for the foreseeable future. __Read on:__ [More MLB coverage from BetChicago](https://www.betchicago.com/mlb-betting)2019-03-03T05:11:47.159Z2019-03-02T23:10-06:00