The Chicago White Sox came up short in the ALDS with a 3-1 series loss to the Astros. These three players won’t be returning to run it back in 2022.
After fighting back to make the ALDS series 2-1 with a win at home, the Chicago White Sox were on the wrong end of a hit parade again in Game 4 on Tuesday afternoon, giving the Astros the series win and ending Chicago’s postseason abruptly.
There were plenty of doubters about the White Sox’s chances in the MLB Playoffs as they were dominant in the regular season but accomplished such a feat in the worst division in the league where no other team finished above .500. Still, this was a talented and exciting team that looked thoroughly outmatched in the ALDS loss.
So what’s next for the White Sox? They’re surely going to try and reload with hopes of making another run. But as they retool the roster, chances are these three players aren’t going to be back in Chicago next season.
3. Ryan Tepera
One of the big acquisitions at the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline, Ryan Tepera was a solid bullpen arm that the White Sox were hoping for in the deal. In 22 appearances and 18 innings for the club, he posted a 2.50 ERA (allowing just five total earned runs), though his WHIP went up from 0.785 with the Cubs to 1.111 with the cross-town rivals. Not to mention, he also dealt with a finger injury that kept him off the mound for a couple of weeks at the end of the season.
There was always the chance that Tepera was a rental for the organization as they hoped to push deep into the playoffs but, alas, that wasn’t meant to be. But if there was even a chance that the White Sox might’ve been interested in ponying up to pay the reliever handsomely this offseason, his postseason comments about the Astros likely nullified any chance of that.
Tepera’s claims that the Astros were cheating again at Minute Maid Park not only were largely unfounded but they simply gave Houston bulletin-board material that seemingly fired up the team and charged up the bats for the decisive Game 4.
Make no mistake, Tepera remains a high-end bullpen arm that some team in MLB is going to be more than happy to add for the 2022 season and likely beyond. But the totality of the situation likely means that it won’t be with the White Sox.