Better Days Ahead
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Season’s End and Looking Forward to 2016
This season certainly didn’t turn out the way we had all hoped, but it still had its exciting moments. Among them were the Chris Sale strikeout records, the abundance of Jose Abreu homers and RBI, the consistency of Jose Quintana, the outstanding second-half efforts of Adam Eaton and Melky Cabrera, the good bullpen work, the emergence of youngsters Carlos Rodon, Trayce Thompson, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez, plus the second most walk-off wins in baseball (12) this season including the one last night.
What this tells us is that along with some fine-tuning, there’s more than enough to look forward to in 2016.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (2:10 p.m. CT, CSN) as the Sox hope to sweep the three-game series and end the season on a winning note. Probable Starters: RHP Frankie Montas (0-1, 5.73) for the Sox, LHP Daniel Norris (2-2, 3.88) for Detroit.
Last Night’s Highlights
J.B. Shuck‘s one-out, pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth drove in Avi Garcia to tie the game at 3-3 and Leury Garcia, who came in as a pinch-runner for Cabrera in the eighth, knocked in Shuck with a single through the infield to give the Sox a dramatic 4-3 walk-off victory…Eaton collected a pair of hits and scored his 98th run of the season, giving him the chance today to be the first Sox player since Jim Thome (108) and Jermaine Dye (103) in 2006 to score 100 or more runs in a season. Heading into the final game of 2015, Adam also owns an nine-game hitting streak (.400) and has reached base safely in 22 consecutive contests…Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez each delivered an RBI and A. Garcia collected a pair of hits and scored the tying run in the ninth after drawing a walk…Erik Johnson bounced back nicely to have an outstanding year at Class AAA Charlotte–where he was the International League’s Pitcher of the Year–and with the Sox. He went 6.1 innings last night, allowing two runs and five hits, and in six starts in Chicago he finished with a 3-1 record and a 3.34 ERA…Nate Jones, who got one out in the top of the ninth, registered his second win.
Here are the ninth-inning dramatics–Shuck’s game-tying double and L. Garcia’s game-winning hit:
Quote of the Day
GM Rick Hahn, speaking to the media Friday, on the 2015 season and beyond:
“It’s important at the end that we put ourselves in the best position going forward, and as we sit here today, we feel like we are in that position. As we sit here going forward, we feel confident that it’s the right bunch to put us back where we want to be.”
Soto Prevails Over Flowers in Foot Race
Geovany Soto outlasted Tyler Flowers in a catchers-only sprint before last night’s game. Full disclosure: Flowers will undergo arthroscopic surgery within the next few days.
The result apparently surprised skipper Robin Ventura: “I would have taken Flowers.”
Look forward to seeing you at SoxFest, January 29-31, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago. Check whitesox.com for details.
Opening Day 2016
The Sox open the 2016 season in Oakland against the A’s on Monday, April 4. The home opener is on Friday, April 8 vs. the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field–see you then and there.
With the regular season ending, this is our last daily post. Keep in mind that we’ll be in touch during what promises to be an active offseason.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
The White Sox captured their first World Series title since 1917 with a 1-0 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Jermaine Dye, the eventual MVP of the series, drove in the only run with an eighth-inning single off Brad Lidge that scored Willie Harris. Harris led off the eighth with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Podsednik and to third on Carl Everett‘s ground out. Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save with help from Juan Uribe, who dove into the stands down the left-field line to record the second out of the final frame before retring Orlando Palmeiro on a grounder to end the game. Starters Freddy Garcia for the Sox and Brandon Backe for the Astros each tossed seven scoreless innings. Houston, in fact, was held without a run in the final 15 innings of the World Series. The White Sox went 11-1 in the postseason, tied for the second-best playoff record since 1969 (minimum seven games).
Photo/Video of the Day