Looking Ahead: See You on Opening Day ’17
Sox vs. Tigers in 2017 Opener
The Sox open the 2017 season at newly-named Guaranteed Rate Field against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 3. Hope to see you there.
This Afternoon’s Game: Sale Goes for No. 18; Abreu and Frazier Both Shoot for 100 RBI Mark
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in Game 162 as the Sox hope to end the season on a winning note by taking the rubber game of the three-game series. The Good Guys won the opener, Minnesota came out on top last night. Starting Pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21), seeking his career-high 18th win for the Sox, vs. RHP Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61) for the Twins.
Sale’s fWAR of 5.3 places him on top of all A.L. pitchers and he leads the major leagues with six complete games. His 1.03 WHIP ranks third and he is fourth in opponents average of .225. Strikeouts are no longer a priority for Chris, but he goes into his last start with 227 Ks, the second-highest season total of his career.
A legitimate Cy Young Award candidate, the five-time Sox All-Star lefty would be the fourth White Sox Cy Young winner, joining Jack McDowell (1993), LaMarr Hoyt (1983) and Early Wynn (1959). Being a candidate for the honor is no surprise. Sale has finished in the Top 6 of the American League voting every season since 2012.
Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier both look to reach the 100-RBI mark this afternoon. Jose enters the season finale with 99, Frazier 98. Frazier has 40 homers and Abreu 25.
While we all hoped for more this season, there were certainly great moments and exceptional individual performances. For example, there was superb starting pitching by Sale and Jose Quintana with excellent outings by Carlos Rodon and Miguel Gonzalez; the slugging of Frazier and Abreu; the all-around play of Adam Eaton, who should be a favorite for a Gold Glove Award; an outstanding season from Melky Cabrera; the emergence of Tim Anderson and key contributions from Justin Morneau and Tyler Saladino. And we retained the Crosstown Cup by winning two games at home vs. the Cubs.
Quote of the Day
Eaton on the 2016 season and beyond (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
“There is a lot of talent here. There are a lot of good baseball players in here. It’s not the year we thought. And I think with that exact quote, ‘It’s not the year that we thought,’ if we brought the guys back, we might have the year we thought we would have.
“Again, the talent is great in here. The camaraderie is great in here. It’s tough to say whether people will be leaving or whether additions will be added. I’m sure moves will be made. In the game of baseball, there’s never an offseason that’s quiet, I feel like.
“Whatever [general manager] Rick [Hahn] and the organization sees would be more functional for this team to be better and more consistent on a day-to-day basis, then that’s what they see in the team. If I’m in those plans, great. If not, then it kind of stinks. But if they want me in this uniform next year, I’ll be proud to wear it and I’ll put everything I have on the field again like I did this year.”
Look forward to seeing you at SoxFest, January 27-29, 2017 at the Hilton Chicago. Click on link for details.
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