White Sox Update – Week of September 5th
If you're wondering why fans in the Windy City are so excited about
Jose Abreu, all you have to do is look at what he's done over the last couple of months. Though it was pretty clear from the
get-go this season that Abreu has power that translates to the Big Leagues very easily, Abreu has been flashing his abilities
as an all-around hitter, suddenly propel into the conversation of being a Triple Crown candidate. Though actually winning
the award will be a tall order, Abreu is right there with homers and RBIs (as he has been for most of the season) and is now
starting to make some significant noise as all-around hitter as well.
From the beginning this season, Abreu has been
able to hit for average as well as power, but the big right-hander has taken his game to the next level of July and August.
After hitting.374 in July, Abreu hit.376 in August, overcoming a down turn in home run numbers by spraying the ball all over
the field and racking up an average of 17.5 RBIs through those two months. The important thing to note here is that Abreu
continues to show that he can be extremely productive even when pitchers are being wary of his power, which is the type of
overall hitting approach that has helped turn Miguel Cabrera into one of the all-time greats in Detroit.
has a lot of work to do in order to catch up with Cabrera's brilliant career, his hitting approach is extremely advanced for
a rookie and the White Sox look like they have the type of all-around hitter they can build a lineup around for a very long
time. With Abreu in the heart of the order doing some major damage in a variety of different ways, the White Sox will be looking
to put together a few winning streaks and cause some major damage in the A.L. Central from now until the end of the season.
White Sox Update – Week of August 8th
With the White Sox looking to pick up some momentum following the
All-Star break, they've already shown their fans some serious highlights that helped stoke the fires of optimism in the South
Side. The White Sox have already taken series wins from Houston, Minnesota and Detroit already in the second half of the season,
with both the Twins series and the Tigers series going down away from home. Thanks to a talented young team that looks like
they'll be a major factor in the A.L. Central for quite some time, this is a team that has fans rallying to the stands on
a regular basis.
Though it has definitely been a team effort, it's hard to overestimate just how good Jose Abreu has
been this season. Abreu has burst onto the scene and looks like he's one of the brightest young superstars in the league,
not to mention a guy with as much power as any other player in the league. For most of the season, Abreu has been leading
the entire league in both homers and RBIs, showing the type of MVP-caliber potential that White Sox fans have come to expect
from their phenom who has the inside track on being the American League Rookie of the Year.
Abreu will be looking to
keep it up and challenge the other top hitters in the league the rest of the season as he continues to put up monstrous numbers,
putting the White Sox in a position to make a serious move in the A.L. Central. The White Sox also have plenty of major challenges
upcoming, including a four-game road series against the Mariners, a trip to San Francisco and finally a home stand that will
bring both Toronto and Baltimore into town. Though it hasn't all worked out just yet for the White Sox, this is a team that
has no intention of going quietly this season.
White Sox Update – Week of July 4
In the most competitive
division in baseball, the A.L. Central, the Chicago White Sox are right in the thick of the chase this season, though they'll
have to take their game to the next level to make a playoff run happen. Of course, when you have this much talent on the roster,
absolutely anything can happen, and the White Sox have shown plenty of times this season that they're capable of being extremely
explosive when they start player their style of baseball. With the White Sox looking to pick up a little bit of momentum in
the second half of the season, White Sox fans know that anything can happen from here.
One of the biggest reasons for
optimism, of course, has been the development of budding young star Jose Abreu. Abreu isn't just leading the White Sox in
many major offensive categories but he's also been right near or at the top in both homers and RBIs throughout the entire
league, showing that he's one of the most dynamic young players in the game right now. Alexei Ramirez has also been a major
spark as well thanks to both his bat and his speed, and the White Sox have a balanced attack that also includes major contributions
from Adam Dunn as well.
Pitching wise, John Danks and Jose Quintana have held down the fort with some great starts in
the first half of the season, though it's been Chris Sale who has really turned heads. Sale is looking like he's on his way
to a career year and is showing that he has the potential to be one of the very best starters in the league, giving the White
Sox a chance to win every time that he takes to the mound. With the team looking to pull it together and make their run up
the standings in the A.L. Central, this is a team that other teams in the league definitely will be paying attention to in
the second half of the season.
White Sox Update – Week of June 6
It's not easy in the A.L. Central,
but the White Sox are hovering right around.500, which is step one as they look to solidify their position in the division
and eventually make a run up the standings. Nipping at the heels of the Tigers, the White Sox are right within striking distance
of the playoffs once again this season, and they've shown that they have a very potent lineup loaded with some of the brightest
rising stars in the game. Add in some timely pitching and the White Sox look like one of the teams to beat in the division,
giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism as they head towards the midway point to the season.
Of all the bright spots,
however, White Sox fans might be most excited about young masher Jose Abreu, who has been one of the most productive hitters
in the entire league so far. In his rookie season, Abreu knocked in 42 runs in his first 44 games of the season, though an
ankle injury limited him from keeping pace with the rest of the top RBI guys in league. But with Abreu coming back from the
D.L. and looking to reassert himself in the heart of the lineup, the White Sox are hopeful he can help them swing their way
right back into the thick of things in the A.L. Central.
The White Sox also feel good about having Chris Sale back at
the top of the rotation, as the young lefty is gaining the reputation of being one of the best southpaws in the league. After
missing some time in April and May, Sale bounced back with three nice appearances, two of which ended up with quality starts
and wins. After dominating the Padres on June 1, going the distance and letting up just one run, Sale improved his record
to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to a microscopic 1.59. As the White Sox get healthier and continue to showcase their talent, anything
can happen from here.
White Sox Update – Week of May 2nd
After a solid 14-15 start to the regular
season in April, the White Sox are looking to keep rounding into form as they look to make their move in the A.L. Central,
which remains one of the most competitive divisions in Major League Baseball. Though the Tigers held the lead at the start
of May, the White Sox, Royals and Twins are all in position to pounce, giving Sox fans plenty of reasons for optimism as they
head into month two of the season. It won't be easy with upcoming road series against the Cubs and the Indians, but the White
Sox have shown they have plenty of potential both in the batter's box and on the mound, giving them a chance to win every
time they take to the field.
One of their biggest reasons for success so far this year, of course, has been the breakout
month for slugger Jose Abreu, who finished April leading the entire league in homers with 10 and RBIs with 32. Abreu also
delivered the most dramatic win of the season for the White Sox, as Abreu belted a walk-off grand slam on April 25th at home
against the Rays. It hasn't only been about Abreu, however, as Alexei Ramirez had the highest batting average in the A.L.
at the end of April (.351) and the White Sox overall have put up the second most runs in the entire league.
On the mound,
the White Sox have also had their fair share of bright spots, with Chris Sale off to a 3-0 start and John Danks topping the
team with a 3.48 ERA through the first month of the season. Jake Petricka has also been very good out of the bullpen, posting
a 2.16 ERA in his first 10 appearances of the season. With a balanced attack that can win in a variety of ways, the White
Sox and their fans have plenty to look forward to the rest of the season.
2014 Chicago White Sox Schedule
with a talented pitching staff and some bashers who can change the score of a big game in a real hurry, the White Sox are
sure to give their fans plenty to cheer about as they take aim at the top of the A.L. Central, which is never an easy task
thanks to the other strong teams in the division. The White Sox have big aspirations for the 2014 season, and the team is
looking to rise in the ranks of the American League Central. The Sox will host some big games this season at U.S. Cellular
Field, and you can be there to take it all in from your very own seats in the stands. Nothing beats seeing a baseball game
in person, and there are plenty of fantastic matchups on the Chicago schedule this season that are sure to be absolutely loaded
with twists, turns and nail-biting action that you definitely won't want to be left out of.
Of course, it all starts
by doing well in the division, and the White Sox will certainly be ready to play when their divisional rivals come into U.S.
Cellular Field in 2014, most notably the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers were able to take home the American League Central crown
in 2013, and the Sox know that this team means business. With one of the best lineups in Major League Baseball, the Tigers
are not easily to stop. However, if there one thing that the White Sox plenty of it's pitching.
Two other division rivals
that the Sox will have to keep a close eye on are the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals. The Indians played well enough
to earn a trip to the postseason via a Wild Card berth in 2013, so this team is a legitimate contender for the A.L. Pennant.
As for the Royals, they're a young team on the rise that was able to notching a winning season in 2013. If the Sox can play
consistent baseball against these opponents, it will go a long way in their quest to rise in the ranks of the AL Central.
Whether you're looking for a big home game, an exciting road game against a divisional foe, or something else, the schedule
has plenty of opportunities for fans to get right into the middle of the action.
Chicago White Sox Team Info
Chicago White Sox play in the American League Central division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the
Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The White Sox struggled to find their rhythm in
2013 and are looking to rebound in a big way this season. This team has some really talented pitchers that could help carry
them back to the playoffs this season, but they're going to need more consistent run production out of their lineup. This
White Sox team definitely capable of contending in the A.L. Central, and they're hoping they can win enough games throughout
the long 162-game season to put themselves in a position to contend for the division title down the stretch run. Led by Adam
Dunn and Paul Konerko at the plate and Chris Sale on the mound, the Sox definitely have no plans of going quietly no matter
how steep the competition this season.
The MLB Experience
There's something about baseball that seems
to resonate with Americans, as it's called The National Pastime for a reason. People from all walks of life love to head out
to the ballpark for a game, the chance to see their favorite team take on a division rival in a heated battle on the diamond.
Being there in person to catch the game is a much different experience than seeing it from the confines of your home or a
local sports bar. Seeing the game from the stands is doing it the way it's supposed to be done. When the White Sox hit the
field this season, there will be many fans enjoying themselves in the stadium. Once you're there in the middle of an exciting
matchup, you'll understand loud and clear what all the buzz is about surrounding the top Major League Baseball games of the
Chicago White Sox History
The Chicago White Sox franchise was founded in in 1894 as the Sioux
City Cornhuskers. The following season the team moved to St. Paul, MN and changed their name to the Saints. After a few years
in St. Paul the team moved to Chicago, where they were known as the Chicago White Stocking until 1901, when they were renamed
the White Sox. The organization has won three World Series titles, the most recent coming in 2005. Over the years, they've
also had plenty of all-time greats, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, Frank Thomas, Ed Walsh, Bobby Thigpen and many more. You
never know who is going to burst onto the scene with a banner season next, making the Sox always a team to look out for.
Chicago White Sox Trivia
Who was the last Chicago White Sox player to win the American League's Most Valuable
The answer is Frank "The Big Hurt" Thomas, who won the MVP in 1993 and 1994 to establish him as one of
the greatest players of the 1990s.
Baseball fans love to get out of their houses and head to
the ballpark to be a part of all the action that is Major League Baseball. Chicago White Sox fans are no different, and this
team gets great support for the adoring Sox fans at each and every home game. These fans love their baseball, and they'll
do whatever they can to be there in the stands for as many home games as possible this season. But the White Sox fans also
have a reputation of being well-traveled, and you can find Sox colors on the road all season long as they hope to continue
their winning ways away from U.S. Cellular Field. When you're there during the middle of a nail-biting, you'll definitely
be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else.