White Sox Off To A Good Start
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By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): Follow @brianm731
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.
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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.
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 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.
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