2014 MLB Season Preview: Chicago White Sox

Konerko is a veteran leading a team of youngsters

 

The Chicago White Sox were nothing short of a mess in 2013, with almost 100 losses to go along with one of the highest payrolls in the Major League Baseball. The White Sox have made some big moves over the last few months to try to right the ship, catching the Detroit Tigers in the AL Center might be a pipe dream at this point.

Transactions:

7/30 – Traded Jake Peavy, received 4 players

8/9 – Traded Alex Rios, received Leury Garcia.

12/10 – Traded for Adam Eaton

1/2 – Signed Scott Downs

(Did not re-sign Gavin Floyd)

Projected Lineup:

C: Tyler Flowers
1B: Jose Abreu
2B: Gordon Beckham
SS: Alexei Ramirez
3B: Matt Davidson
LF: Alejandro de Aza
CF: Adam Eaton
RF: Avisail Garcia
DH: Adam Dunn

Pitching Staff

SP: Chris Sale
SP: Jose Quintana
SP: John Danks
SP: Erik Johnson
SP: Felipe Paulino
CL: Nate Jones

The White Sox are being picked to finish 3rd in the division by most analysts, and that sounds about right. I’d bet the house on the Tigers winning the Central once again, and at least one wild card spot will come from the AL East, if not both. I can’t see the White Sox making the postseason in 2014, but they could manage getting close to 80 wins.

Play of the Week: Perfection

A pitcher’s dream. One of the rarest achievements in all of sports. The Perfect Game.  Since the founding of the MLB in 1869, only 20 pitchers have ever produced such perfection. According to Wikipedia, more people have orbited the moon than have pitched a perfect game.

April 21, 2012 was a day for the record books. Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber took the mound with victory on his mind, unaware of what the next nine innings had in store for him. After six innings of play, the Seattle Mariners still showed zeros across the board. Fans and players alike kept quiet, avoiding any chance of jinxing what was looking to be a perfect game. When the bottom of the ninth arrives, surely the only thing on Humber’s mind is, “I am three outs away from perfection.”

A third strike pitch is dropped and zipped to first for out number three. Humber falls to his knees in disbelief as he becomes the 21st pitcher in 143 years of baseball to throw a perfect game.

Here it is, the final out and the TicketCity play of the Week.
(The third strike is thrown at 2:40 in the video)