The Sox staff doesn't scare me at all outside of Sale. They were a real bad defensive team last year and I don't see any evidence they addressed that problem and that will keep those lofty projections of the starting staff unrealized in my opinion.
The White Sox were horrible to watch last year much like the Twins. Just a team that needed to slug to cover their other shortcomings and they didn't and they packed it in.
The Twins defense is OK and that will help them keep games close enough to win a couple but they have a problem with the lack of speed on the current roster because if Willingham and Plouffe dry up this year like they did last year. The Twins don't have another way to get the job done. I don't want another year of station to station baseball but the roster looks like it might be.
I know we can't wait for Sano to show up and start hitting bombs but I think decent MLB play from Aaron Hicks would be the bigger boost in 2014. Both teams have to dig in like they didn't do in 2013.
We need SPEED... Not stolen bases per se... Just flat out Run of the mill speed.
Who's better between the White Sox and Twins? I don't know... But if they both don't start playing better more inspired baseball with pride... Who's taller... Ronnie James Dio or Udo Dirkschneider? Is a similar question.
Dio is taller than Udo, although technically, Ronnie James loses, as he is now 6 Feet Under.
I question seeing the Twins defense as improving or even being "OK". The corner OF of Willingham, Arcia and Kubel has to be one of the worst in baseball, and Presley didn't impress me much in 2013 (-0.8 dWAR). And we all know about Plouffe, plus there will definitely be a defensive downgrade at Catcher.
FWIW (always controversial)-
White Sox UZR: -15.1
Twins 2013 UZR: -42.2
Edited by jokin, 06 February 2014 - 11:18 PM.