Chicago’s Baseball Wrap up: The South Side
Chicago White Sox
2014 record: 73-89, 4th in AL Central Division
Chris Sale:Chris Sale was arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball this past season. The dominant lefty finished with a 12 and 4 record with 2.17 ERA and over 200 strikeouts. However, the stats alone, do not tell the story, as Sale missed time due to injury. At just 25 years old, whenever Sale starts a game it is a must watch event.
Jose Abreu:Jose Abreu flat out took the MLB by storm in the 2014 season. He hit a ridiculous .317 with 36 home runs while knocking in 107 RBIs. Abreu wrapped up the Rookie of the Year award by the All-Star break and should be in contention for MVP. It was the Cuban’s first season with the team and White Sox fans instantly fell in love with him.
Alexei Ramirez:The sure-handed shortstop made his first All Star Game this past season. Ramirez, who has been with the club since 2008, had yet another consistent year. He finished the year with 15 home runs and 74 RBIs while hitting .273. The career .277 hitter is a fan favorite on the South Side.
What did we learn about the 2014 Chicago White Sox?:There is no doubt that there is talent on the south side. Chris Sale and Jose Abreu are two of the best players in the league at their respective positions. The 2014 season was the final hurrah for White Sox legend Paul Korenko , who announced he would be retiring at the end of the season. Korenko’s time with the Sox is marked by leading the team to the 2005 World Series title.
Looking toward next year:The White Sox will be looking to make the jump into playoff contention in the 2015 season. In order to make that jump the Sox will need to get contributions from the likes of Jose Quintana and up and comer Adam Eaton. If all goes to plan ,superstars Sale and Abreu should be front runners for the CY Young and MVP. Which Chicago team will make the bigger jump next season?
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