Once again proving that spring stats mean nothing, the Kansas City Royals led the Cactus and Grapefruit league with 230 runs. Today they scored zero.
I estimated that Chris Sale would win between 14 and 16 games. If he pitches like he did today, he’ll win 32. His recently signed 5-year, 32-million dollar contract might very well turn out to be baseballs biggest bargain.
Make it 6 straight years and 13 of the past 14 that the Sox have started a southpaw. Their record is 8-5, including a 1-0 shutout in the 2005 opener. And we all know how that season turned out. Nothing like getting ahead on one’s self after game 1 of 162.
Make it Tyler Flowers 1, A.J. Pierzynski zero.
I wonder when any team would have scored if not for Flowers 5th inning home run. 18 players combined to leave 32 runners on base. Adam Dunn and Mike Moustakas combined for 11 all by themselves.
Not the best season debut for Nate Jones. 6 pitches, 2 strikes for the hard-throwing righty.
Is it just me or does Addison Reed look bored? Do what he did today about 35 more times and he can slip in and out of consciousness for all I care.
He may have an equal, but there is no 2nd baseman better than Gordon Beckham. Beckham’s reaction play of Lorenzo Cain’s liner in the 7th was the biggest defensive reason why the Sox won. He also turned in two nifty double plays with guys barreling into him each time.
Matt Thornton with quite the reaction after blowing away Moustakas in the 8th. Nice to see out of the normally reserved lefty.
The open was fun. I still like the Pirates themed one of the past couple years though.
White Sox and Cubs are now 1-0, with each ace allowing no runs. Rumor has it the teams have talked about a Sale-Samardzija trade.