While the Blackhawks continue their playoff run, prostate the Bulls begin setting tee times and making vacation plans after an early elimination in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. All while Chicago baseball is in full swing with the teams going about their business in different ways and going in different directions in the standings. The weather isn’t completely cooperating, but it won’t dampen our sports spirit in Chicago and it definitely isn’t bothering our Chicago White Sox.
At 14-14, the Sox aren’t lighting up the league but they are staying in the tight Central Division conversation only two games behind the Detroit Tigers. They are already better than they were last year at this point in the season.
Injuries and Returns: There is no clear timetable for the return of Chris Sale from the DL. If he is unable to return this weekend he will take another week and pitch a rehab assignment in the minors. Conor Gillaspie is on the 15 day DL with a right hand contusion, which is a tough break for the kid who had been off to a hot start. Felipe Paulino will begin a rehab assignment in hopes of returning soon. Making his season debut will be Gordon Beckham who returns from the DL to reclaim second base.
In the News: Jose Abreu was named American League co-player of the week, leading the AL with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. He set a rookie record for RBIs in April. Paul Konerko broke the franchise total bases record with 3,950 bases. Current HAM of the Week Scott Carroll won his major league debut only allowing 1 earned run over 7 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. He capped off his great outing by celebrating with 30 family and friends courtesy of Adam Dunn who picked up the tab at Timothy O’Tooles.
Quick Week In Review: The Sox split the Tigers series winning two of four games and won the Rays series winning three out of four. Sox fans were treated to a grand time this week thanks to a walk off slam by Jose Abreu and in another game a go ahead slam by Marcus Semien. Paul Konerko made appearances showing improvement at the plate as he gets more comfortable with his part time role. Fans also watched strong pitching performances by Andre Rienzo and Scott Carroll. The Sox continue their strong offensive output with their new approach. Adam Eaton says they compete every at bat and when you compete good things happen and winning 5 of their last 8 is a good thing.
What’s Next: The south siders have some quick series the next two weeks including against the Detroit Tigers who they trail in the standings. Also on deck is the crosstown series against the Chicago Cubs (May 3-6), which has lost some excitement but this is a chance to take a look at some future and hopefully long-term stars in Chicago.
My Thoughts: OK Sox fans, I know the weather has been iffy but as the weather turns I expect to see the attendance to take a turn for the better. There is no way in the world that the Astros and Rays should outdraw the south siders. I know they were terrible last year and maybe you thought it would be the same this year, but guess what this is not the same team so don’t be the same fans that don’t support.
This Sox team has an attitude about them that will keep them in games all year. There are some exciting players and raw energy and talent that has not been seen for quite some time. With cheap seats, great food and the drink at the Cell, consider bundling up for a cool night and head out out to support the guys early in the season.