The Chicago White Sox had a breakthrough season in 2020, finishing 35-25 in the shortened slate and making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Chicago’s young core took meaningful strides forward. Despite a disappointing playoff loss to the Oakland Athletics, the White Sox have high hopes for 2021 and beyond.
The Sox have also already made a splash move this offseason, firing the previous manager Rick Renteria and replacing him with 76-year-old Tony La Russa. While the La Russa hire is a head-scratcher in terms of fit, he’s one of the best managers in MLB history.
The White Sox don’t yet have an official sportsbook partner like the Chicago Cubs, who are affiliated with DraftKings. Is a White Sox partnership in the pipeline? That remains to be seen. But for now, Illinoisans can still bet on White Sox games at any of the sports betting apps in Illinois.
Here’s your guide to betting on the White Sox.
The Sox will head west for its 2021 opener to face the Los Angeles Angels on April 1.
The Sox have the shortest World Series odds among AL Central teams. Here’s where IL sportsbooks have the White Sox for futures betting.
The White Sox are the most likely AL Central team to win the World Series. Here’s where IL sportsbooks have the White Sox in comparison to the rest of the league:
Rules will vary based on the sportsbook, but they have that much in common.
They will also offer specific player props.
For some examples, let’s say the Sox are facing the Twins. They are pitted as -120 moneyline favorites, +150 on the -1.5 spread, and the run total is nine.
If the White Sox win 6-4, they would sweep all three of those bets.
Sportsbooks also offer various player props, such as a specific batter hitting a home run or a pitcher striking out a certain number of batters.
For instance, let’s say Lucas Giolito’s strikeout over/under is 6.5. If he strikes out at least seven hitters, the over will cash.
The Sox don’t have an exclusive betting partner at the moment, but if they get one, that sportsbook might offer White Sox-specific promotions.
It was only a 60-game season, but Chicago recorded its highest winning percentage since 2005, the year it won the World Series.
The Sox lost to the A’s in the rubber match of a three-game Playoff series. Chicago entered the Playoffs as the No. 7 seed, but it had the best record in the American League in early September before slumping to end the year.
Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Dallas Keuchel and Luis Robert led the team in WAR.
Here is Chicago’s regular-season record for every year over the last decade.
Here are some important stats from core position players over the last two seasons. Keep in mind that the 2020 season was only 60 games.
|Tim Anderson||.335, 18 HR, 56 RBI||.322, 10 HR, 21 RBI|
|Jose Abreu||.284, 33 HR, 121 RBI||.317, 19 HR, 60 RBI|
|Yoan Moncada||.315, 29 HR, 75 RBI||.225, 6 HR, 24 RBI|
|Eloy Jimenez||.267, 31 HR, 79 RBI||.296, 14 HR, 41 RBI|
|Yasmani Grandal||.246, 28 HR, 77 RBI (Brewers)||.230, 8 HR, 27 RBI|
|Luis Robert||N/A||.233, 11 HR, 31 RBI|
Here are Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel’s stats over the last two years. We’re only highlighting them because the rest of the Chicago rotation is in flux.
|Lucas Giolito||14-9, 3.41 ERA, 228 Ks||4-3, 3.48 ERA, 97 Ks|
|Dallas Keuchel||8-8, 3.75 ERA, 91 Ks (Braves)||6-2, 1.99 ERA, 42 Ks|
The White Sox have hired La Russa as manager, and also traded for stud pitcher Lance Lynn from the Texas Rangers.
They signed old friend Adam Eaton from the Washington Nationals.
The White Sox lost fan favorite James McCann in free agency to the New York Mets, and had to trade promising young starter Dane Dunning for Lynn.
The White Sox open up the season on a West Coast swing.
Chicago will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Angels on April 1, followed by a trip to Seattle to battle the Mariners.
The team’s home opener is set for April 8 against the Kansas City Royals.
Check out the full schedule here.
Here’s everything you need to know about the home of the White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field:
Games air on TV on NBC Sports Chicago. NBC has a partnership with PointsBet, so prepare to see plenty of PointsBet in conjunction with Sox broadcasts next year.
Their radio rights are in flux, but last season, games aired on AM WLS 890. That is likely to change in 2020, and ESPN 1000 is reportedly making a strong push.
With a subscription, fans can also stream the games on MLB.tv.
Once fans are allowed in stadiums again, the White Sox will play at least 81 games at Guaranteed Rate Field, located on the south side of Chicago.
Fans can place mobile action on games at any of Illinois’ online sportsbooks before heading to Guaranteed Rate to see the outcome in person.
The White Sox are famously known as the Second City’s second team, but they have a rich history in their own right. Here’s the breakdown:
Jerry Reinsdorf owns the White Sox. He purchased the team from Bill Veeck in 1981 after the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” promotion.
The Comiskey family owned the White Sox for 56 years starting in 1900, hence the former name of the stadium, “Comiskey Park.”
Prices vary depending on the game, date and seat, but tickets run anywhere from $5 to over $100.
The White Sox had the eighth-most expensive tickets in baseball, on average, in 2019. Their city counterparts, the Cubs, ranked sixth.
Three, in 1906, 1917 and 2005.
Much had been made about the Cubs’ World Series draught, but the White Sox went 87 years without winning a championship. Led by manager Ozzie Guillen, Chicago only lost one game in the 2005 postseason.
The Sox have only made the playoffs twice since winning the World Series in ’05.
The White Sox are worth $1.65 billion according to Forbes. That ranks 14th among MLB franchises.
The Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers occupy the two spots ahead of the White Sox, while they are trailed by the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.
Reinsdorf originally purchased the team for just $19 million in 1981.
Seventeen players who played at least five seasons with the White Sox are in the Hall of Fame.
Among the most noteworthy are Luke Appling, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, Carlton Fisk, Frank Thomas and Harold Baines. Baines was the most recent induction in 2019.