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?
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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.
July has been a great month for the twenty year old Mike Trout, he’s hitting .419 with seven homers, 14 rbi’s, and eight stolen bases. While the Angels are just 8-8 in July theyre showing improvements and are now just five games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, and are currently leading the Wild Card race at 51-43. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have won 36 of their last 58 games after just starting out 15-21, and Mike Trouts’ call up has been a big part of the turnaround.
The twenty year old Trout is currently leading the American League with a .354 average, although he was just called up on April 28th he is running away with Rookie of the Year honors and his name has come up when talking about possible MVP candidates. Since coming on the scene he has bashed 15 homers, and has 46 rbi’s in just 72 games this season. With the Texas Rangers struggling as of late the Angels have been able to make up some ground and are in position to make a run in the second half. With the surge of his supporting cast, including marked improvements from Albert Pujols in the last couple months and Mark Trumbo bing an unexpected power source, they have what it takes to possibly take the division from the back to back AL pennant winners. Trumbo is hitting .307 with 66 rbi’s and 27 homers this season, good for the third most long balls in the majors trailing only Adam Dunn and Josh Hamilton. Pujols has turned around his season after his worst start of his career, bringing his avg up to .281 as of late, his power has returned as well, 3three in the last week and 17 on the year. Things are looking u for this offense, as all three of their major guys are hitting on all cylinders.
While the Angels are averaging over six runs a game over their last six games the pitching is beginning to come together as well. Jered Weaver is having another great year, posting a 12-1 record and a 2.20 ERA, which is good for second in the American League behind the White Sox Chris Sale’s 2.11 ERA. One of the favorites to win the AL Cy Young no doubt. They have found a solid closer in Ernesto Frieri, who has been lights out since earning the spot as closer. He has converted all eleven of his save opportunities to this point and is posting a 1.38 ERA to date, with 65 strikeouts in just 39 innings. Sometimes in sports the best team does not win, but merely the one playing the best at the time that it matters the most, the Angels appear to be peaking at the right time as we head down the stretch. Things are starting to come together and with twelve games remaining in the Angels Schedule against the division leading Texas Rangers the Angels will have ample chances to prove they’re the best team in the AL West.