It’s an exciting morning for me, it’s Opening Day at US Cellular Field. The moment we hit the new year I start thinking about Opening Day. It’s almost hard for me to believe that we’re just a week into the 2012 baseball season, I’ve watched so much baseball already.
This will be my 21st Opening Day out of the last 22, I missed one about six years because I was in Vegas for an event that was cancelled. It was Vegas, so I can’t complain. I’ve seen Detroit open the home season for the White Sox a few times, and the Sox are 1-4.
Who could forget the 16 – 0 beating that the Tigers gave the Sox for the inaugural game at New Comiskey Park, that was the name when it opened. The next two games were dramatic with tons of scoring, an 8-7 win in 1997 and 10-9 in 2001, both wins for the Tigers.
Finally, in 2003 the Sox won 5-2, and pretty much dominated their home opener for the last decade plus. They’ve only lost two home openers since 2000, and they have a good chance of keeping that streak intact today.
While the Tigers looked unbeatable the first week of the season, they have some weaknesses in their starting pitching. For example, Max Scherzer is pitching today with his 23.62 era against a Sox line-up that just lit-up Justin Masterson in Cleveland on Wednesday. What the Tigers were able to overcome in the Red Sox series was bad pitching by outscoring the Red Sox with two come from behind victories. Those types of wins will be more difficult to come by against the White Sox who have one of the best bullpens in baseball in the early season, allowing only 3 earned runs over 12 innings pitched. In contrast, the Tigers bullpen has been taxed early with 22.1 innings pitched already allowing 8 earned runs. That could help the White Sox overall in this series.
Jake Peavy who gets the start today pitched the Tigers out the division win a few years ago. Peavy has a lifetime 3.30 era against the Tigers allowing only 15 runs over 5 games. I like our chances today.
No matter the outcome today it will be a fun day at the ballpark with the temperature in the mid-60’s, and the Sox looking to move into a first place tie with the Tigers. That’s right, the AL Central is on the line today. Well, not really since it’s only April 13, but I’m not expecting to be able to type “the first place White Sox” a lot this season so I’m going to savor it. Let’s go White Sox!