Originally Posted by Frater Perdurabo
To be fair, the 2005 team had a lot of unknowns. (Please understand I am not predicting that every unknown will turn out well, and I am not predicting the 2013 White Sox will win the World Series.)
Nevertheless, the 2005 Sox had:
A starting catcher who had been released from his previous team, backed up by a career minor leaguer;
A first baseman who had a great 2004 after an abysmal 2003;
A second baseman who had never played a game in the USA;
A shortstop who struck out a lot swinging for the fences;
A third baseman with a long swing who had yet to hit consistently at the MLB level;
A LF who had no power;
A CF who had a nice 2004 but was still questionable;
An injury-prone RF;
A DH on the DL and another who was a headcase;
A starting rotation consisting of a #2 who was a Seattle flyball pitcher, a Cuban import who was inconsistent at best in NY, another Cuban import who seemed to be on the downside of his career, another who had yet to harness his talent and had done time in the bullpen in 2004, and an "ace" who had had a few great years for the Sox but whose K/9 rate was dropping;
A bullpen with a gimmick closer.
If players were robots, maybe we could predict the outcome of the season from past performance and statistical analysis. But a lot of human-related things can happen during the season that makes the season worth watching, on both ends of the spectrum - from injuries to career years.
I can't wait. I'll be watching.