Originally Posted by dickallen15
Considering the Sox were 4th in the AL in runs scored last season, I think they even scored more runs than the Tigers, with Konerko banged up most of it, and even with Youkilis, about a .600 OPS out of 3B overall, Ramirez pretty ineffective, it's not unreasonable to think the offense should be enough if Viciedo, Beckham or Flowers improves.
From the article, PECOTA has shortchanged the Sox an average of about 7 wins per season. They were correct once, in 2007. If you ever get the BP yearly, they even admit they always are a little light on their White Sox win total projections. Chances are they will be light again.
I think you can expect somewhat of a rebound from Konerko and Ramirez and perhaps some growth from Viciedo, but you're going to lose a lot of offense from AJ's 2012 campaign to what we can realistically expect from Flowers, so the questions are going to be A) can the Sox pick up enough offense elsewhere (Dunn? Keppinger? Beckham?) and B) does Flowers' improved defense behind the plate offset that loss?