White Sox Off To A Good Start

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Thursday April.4/2013

Opening Day saw 39012 brave and tough Chicago and other natives - took in this game.

Opening Day saw 39012 brave and tough Chicago and other natives – take  in the  game.  The club narrowly escaped with a 1 – 0 victory against their Division AL Central Rival The Kansas City Royals.  Game #2 saw the Bullpen throw 3 IP and only yield 1 hit for their effort.  The Sox are not expected to contend for a playoff position – although they carry multiple time ALL – Star players on their Roster. Does everyone forget that the ‘Southsiders’ led the AL Central for the majority of the year during the 2012 season?  The Tigers barely nudged them out for the Division at the end of September.  The Sox are looking for payback in 2013.

By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): 

The last time the White Sox won on Opening Day by a score of 1-0 was 2005. They won the World Series that year. They beat the Royals 1-0 on Monday behind a solid pitching performance by Chris Sale and a solo HR from Tyler Flowers.

Monday was Opening Day. Not that that means anything, but baseball fans are superstitious. I know I am.

The Sox were 6-12 against the Royals in 2012, proving to be the Sox undoing. After their victory on Wednesday against KC 5-2, they’re 2-0 against the Royals so for in 2013. You have to understand, this is mind boggling for a White Sox fan.

The Royals have been the Sox’ achilles heel for what seems like forever now. If the Sox find a way to knock around Jeremy “Catfish” Guthrie today, the world may come to an end. Guthrie posted a 0.30 ERA vs the Sox last season, but, only managed one victory against them.

White Sox Opening Day At Us Cellular Field – Mature Content so Parental Guidance is advised:

Guthrie and the Royals tried to stick with the Sox in the 1st two games, only to be outpitched

Shields, Guthrie and the Royals tried to stick with the Sox in the 1st two games, only to be out- pitched.  James Shields only yielded a HR in Game #1 to lose 1 – 0.  In Game #2 of the series, the White Sox clubbed 4 Home Runs – and scored all of the game runs via the long ball.  The Sox won the contest 5 – 2 behind a great pitched contest by #2 Starter Jake Peavy.  (Adam Dunn, Tyler Flowers, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo also dialed long distance at the ‘Cel.  When Chicago ramps up their Homer – Centric offense like this – it will be devastating for any opposition club in the ballpark they play in.

Guthrie started the 2012 season with the Rockies and was traded to KC, where he pitched very well, especially against the Sox. If not for the acquisition of James Shields, Guthrie may have started Opening Day for the Royals. Based on last year’s results, the Sox are probably happy he didn’t.

But, so far, so good for the Sox. Granted, it’s only 2 games. But 2-0 is better than 0-2. After the Tiger’s bullpen faltered yesterday against the Twins, maybe there’s a glimmer of hope for the Sox to shock the world and win the AL Central?

Crazier things have happened, but the new-look Cleveland Indians are also 2-0 after winning their first 2 games against the newly-loaded Toronto Blue Jays.

With word now that Detroit has signed Jose Valverde to a Minor League contract (maybe out of desperation) , they may not have to rely on Phil Coke as closer or a closer-by-committee approach.

By Friday, the red hot (and suddenly offensively potent) Mariners roll into town. Seattle’s new first baseman, Mike Morse, has continued the hot hitting he started in Spring Training.

They hope Kendrys Morales, who Seattle acquired in a trade for Jason Vargas, can return to his pre-injury form, and become the HR hitter he once was. King Felix will face  the  Sox  on Saturday. He’ll face the newly anointed 5th starter, Dylan Axelrod. Axelrod will fill the vacated spot in the Sox’ rotation left by John Danks.

The bullpen has been solid as well. Addison Reed has two consecutive saves, while not allowing a run. Matt Thornton has been dominant in his first two appearances.

The new addition to the Bullpen, Matt Lindstrom, had a scoreless appearance in Wednesday’s game. Nate Jones, yet to make an appearance thus far, hopes to duplicate his strong 2012 season as setup man.

Gavin Floyd starts today in the finale of the series with KC. He’ll be followed tomorrow by Jose Quintana. Quintana was another one of the pleasant surprises brought up by the White Sox from the minors  in 2012. The hope is that he can duplicate his strong start to the 2012 season.

The Sox’ strong suit should be their pitching, both the starters and the bullpen. The lineup is filled with HR hitters (as evidenced by all of their runs so far coming via the HR), but also a lot of K’s.

Will Gordon Beckham finally turn into the hitter he was projected to be? Can Tyler Flowers fill A.J. Pierzynski’s offensive shoes?

There are many questions yet to be answered about this team. But one thing is for sure, 2-0 is better than 0-2…

PLUS THEY DID IT AGAINST THE ROYALS!!!! Here’s hoping for a repeat of 2005, another season when the Sox weren’t expected to contend.

Its is a critical year for the 27 Year Old Catcher Flowers this year - in taking over for A.J. Pierzynski.  While he has hit for a low average of .205 so far in his MLB Career, he does have 12 HRs in just 273 ABs.  Flowers is Arbitration Eligible in 2015 - and under team control until 2018

Its is a critical season for the 27 Year Old Catcher Flowers this year – in taking over for A.J. Pierzynski. While he has hit for a low average of .205 so far in his MLB Career, he did have 12 HRs in just 273 ABs prior to the 2013 campaign.  Flowers had the Game Winning HR in the 5th Inning of the Opener at Us Cellular Field on Monday.  He then followed that up with another HR in Game #2 of the series.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of and their partners***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘White Sox Correspondent’ Brian Madsen for preparing today’s featured article. Brian was born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, a south suburb of Chicago.  He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with my wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 3. He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator. Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan.  

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