It’s still too early to have a definitive answer to the burning question: how good will the White Sox be in 2014? It being too early isn’t stopping this team and management from being downright giddy about the possibilities of this team and the difference in attitude and play from last year.
There have been a few games this season that players and manager, generic Robin Ventura believe that last year’s team would have lost, medicine but not this team…so far. Even Paul Konerko has high praise for this team. He believes that this team’s offense is better than the ’05 offense.
Okay, let’s slow down a minute the season is only a couple of weeks old and there are reasons to be concerned. The offense has bailed out the poor bullpen but they won’t be able to out slug every team every night. If pitching coach Don Cooper isn’t able to work his magic with his struggling pitchers and the offense isn’t able to make up for their mistakes will this team be as happy? Only time will tell.
The Soxs’ 7-game home stand got off to a great start with the southsiders winning 3 out of 4 games against the Cleveland Indians; the same team that last year had a record of 17 wins and 2 losses against the Sox. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez was the hero in Sunday’s game with a game winning homerun. He definitely is off to a hot start and seems more at ease this season as he is hitting 420 and has a hit in each game so far this season. The bad news is that Right fielder Avisail Garcia is out for the year after undergoing surgery for his torn left labrum. He sustained the injury while diving to attempt a catch during Wednesday’s game. Due to this injury Outfielder Dayan Viciedo will get an opportunity, will he take advantage of it like 2nd Baseman Marcus Semien who hit the go ahead home run on Sunday and has been patient at the plate and played good defense. The heroics of the offense have been made necessary due to the struggling bullpen, which is last in the AL with a 6.93 ERA, 26 walks and teams batting 295 against them.
The Sox finish up the home stand against some old friends on the 2013 World Champions Boston Red Sox, Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski. After snowing on Monday the weather will slowly improve this week, so get out to the games either for a date night or hanging with your girlfriends. Eat good food, have a few drinks and watch a much improved baseball team.
Streaks: “Sexy Lexi” Alexei Ramirez has had a hit in every game, Conor Gillaspie in on a 10-game hitting streak, and Adam Eaton has gone the last five games with multi-hits
The Sox signed RHP Frank Francisco, 34 years old, with 73 career saves and 3.93 ERA who was immediately sent to Triple-A in Charlotte
All of MLB honored the legacy of Jackie Robinson on Tuesday, April 15th
Promotions: April 16th-White Sox Calendar, April 17th-K-Zone Cards for the Chris Sale K-Zone in the stands