2015 promises to be an exciting year in the Chicago sports world. Major League Baseball’s regular season opens April 5, and both Chicago baseball teams made a number of deals this past offseason to improve their teams. Let’s take a look at the moves the White Sox roster improvements, Chicago’s beloved South Side club, made this past winter, moves that may very well allow them to contend in the American League Central this coming season:
<h2>The Chicago White Sox Roster</h2>
– Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija, who pitched in Chicago with the Cubs for six and a half seasons prior to joining the Sox, boasts a career 3.85 earned-run average and, despite a record of 7 wins against 13 losses last year, made the All-Star Team. He’ll join a starting rotation that also includes Chris Sale (arguably one of the top 3 starting pitchers in all of baseball), Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi, and John Danks.
– David Robertson: The Sox’s acquisition of Robertson was a big blow to the New York Yankees, his former employer, a team on which he served as the successor to arguably the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history, Mariano Rivera. Last season, Robertson saved 39 games for the Yanks and struck out 96 hitters in 64 and 1/3 innings, cementing his status as one of the game’s elite relief specialists.
– Zach Duke: After bouncing around a few different teams the past several years in mixed roles, former rookie phenom Duke had an outstanding year as a relief pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2014, finishing the year with a 2.45 earned run average and 74 strikeouts in 58 and 2/3 innings. He’ll be an important addition to a bullpen led by Robertson.
– Adam LaRoche: LaRoche was a key component of the Washington Nationals‘ success over the past several years; last year, he whacked 26 home runs and drove in 92 runs for the MLB National League East champions. With 243 career home runs and playoff experience developed on a number of competitive teams, LaRoche brings a solid bat and leadership experience to the White Sox.
– Melky Cabrera: Cabrera is coming off a great season with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he hit .301 with 16 home runs. Cabrera is a two-time World Series champion, having won in 2009 with the New York Yankees and 2012 with the San Francisco Giants and a solid hitter and defender.
With these players complimenting a strong core, the White Sox look to be contenders in 2015, and now’s a great time to nab some tickets to see them play. Contact us to get your seats to see the “Pale Hose” play ball.
Why it’s a great time to check out the White Sox Roster in action?
Chicago White Sox tickets on the secondary market are at one of the lowest price per ticket on average in four years. In the 2011 White Sox tickets averaged $73.00 per ticket for home games. Currently White Sox tickets average $33.00 per ticket.
With additions to the White Sox Roster this season look for things to start jelling around mid season which is a perfect opportunity for the Sox to start on a run. If the additions and the rest of the White Sox roster can stay healthy they could be the snake in the grass at the end of the season and be a strong playoff contender.
Urias impresses: In the opening game of their doubleheader on Saturday the Dodgers started seventeen-year-old Mexican pitcher Julio Urias. The young phenom, whose drawn comparisons to Fernando Valenzuela, struck out two of the three batters he faced with his fastball reaching 97 miles per hour. The signing of Urias points to the impressive finds by the Dodgers scouting department. Los Angeles signed Urias on the same trip that yielded them Yasiel Puig. Urias will start the season in high A Rancho Cucamonga, but may be on the fast track to the major leagues.
Final Tune-up for Kershaw: Clayton Kershaw started versus the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, giving up five earned runs in just over five innings, throwing 86 pitches. The Dodgers ace had a rough spring training by his standards with a 9.20 ERA, but should be ready to start the Dodgers season opener next weekend at the Sydney Cricket Grounds. The Dodgers will arrive in Australia five games prior to the opening series to get acclimated to the time difference.
Australian Opener: Due to the time difference between Australia and Los Angeles both games between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers Opening Day will technically be played next Saturday. The opener, a night game in Australia, will be air at 1:00 AM Saturday in Los Angeles. The second and final game, an afternoon game in Sydney, will take place at 7:00 PM in Los Angeles. Clayton Kershaw will face Patrick Corbin in the opener, while Hyun Jin-Ryu will face Trevor Cahill of the Diamondbacks in the second game. After returning home the Dodgers will have a full eight games before they travel to San Diego to face the Padres for opening day.
Puig’s Slump Continues: Unlike last spring where he hit over .500 and impressed everyone, it’s been a difficult spring for second year Cuban star Yasiel Puig. With just over thirty at bats Puig is hitting just .152 with a lone home run. Many stars have tough springs and it doesn’t mean they’ll have a slow start to the regular season, but Puig’s struggles are making many speculate whether or not the tough end to the season he had in 2013 will translate into this season. Opposing teams seemingly found a way to pitch the young star towards the end of last year, busting him inside with fastballs while throwing breaking balls away. How Puig looks at the plate will be an interesting storyline as the Dodgers make the trip to Australia.
Rotation Question Marks: When the Dodgers signed Paul Maholm from the Pirates it looked like they had more than enough starting pitchers to kick off the season. With Chad Billingsley still recovering from Tommy John surgery and Josh Beckett getting hit hard in his latest spring start, while battling a thumb injury, the Dodgers may be looking to Maholm to occupy the fifth starter position when the season begins. Maholm, who looked solid in his first couple of spring outings was hit hard by the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, giving up six runs on six hits in just over two innings. At this point Maholm is likely the Dodgers fifth starter, especially with Stephen Fife being sent to the minor league camp. If he struggles out of the gate the Dodgers may quickly turn to Fife.
This is one of the most anticipated seasons for Dodgers fans in a while. After the miricle run in the 2013 season fans are hoping and expecting the Dodgers to make it further in the playoffs this year. Does spring training predict the season we shall see as Opening Day is just a week away for the Dodgers.
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After Alex Rios pulled the White Sox even with his second solo home run of the game in the top of the eighth, the Dodgers regained the upper hand in the bottom of the inning. Loney reached on a one-out pinch-hit single, moved to second on a walk, took third on a fielder’s choice and came home after Matt Thornton (2-4) uncorked a wild pitch.
Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth to save it for Ronald Belisario (2-0), who pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Adam Dunn put the visitors in front with his major league-leading 23rd home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning. After Elian Herrera’s RBI double in the bottom of the first brought Los Angeles within a run, Paul Konerko and Orlando Hudson stretched the Chicago lead with run-scoring singles in the third and fourth innings, respectively.
Rios hit his first homer in the fifth to make it 5-1, but the Dodgers rallied with five runs in the sixth inning to claim the lead. Herrera tied the game with a two-out, two-run double and came in to score on a base hit by Juan Rivera.
Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out seven and walked two. Chicago’s Chris Sale was charged with five runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking four.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Dunn, who has homered in the last five games he has started, struck out for the 100th time this season in his 222nd at-bat. … Sale had won five consecutive starts. … Dunn and Rios have already combined for 31 home runs, seven more than they totaled all of last season.
Location – Dodger Stadium
Temperature – 67°
Umpires – Home Plate – Scott Barry, First Base – Jerry Meals, Second Base – Gary Darling, Third Base – Paul Emmel,
Attendance – 40432