While the Chicago White Sox finished an unpleasant 73-89 a season ago and stretched their playoff drought to six years, there was definitely some significant progress made, following up a much more disastrous year in 2013 when the club was 63-99 and in last place of their division. Improving ten games is definitely noteworthy, but it was also the progress displayed by some of their key youngsters that definitely creates optimism around this bunch entering 2015.
Of course, it all starts with emerging superstar Jose Abreu, who easily won AL Rookie of the Year last season after posting one of the more impressive rookie campaigns in recent memory. Not only that, the powerful slugging first baseman finished in the top five in several major offensive categories, including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs, runs batted in, and extra base hits, making it seemingly inevitable that he would take home an AL Silver Slugger award, which is a rare feat for a rookie. Having also added Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera, the White Sox now possess a lineup that could be one to fear throughout the upcoming campaign.
Chicago also added a significant starting pitcher to their staff, Jeff Samardzija, who will be paired with ace Chris Sale at the top to comprise one of the more dangerous 1-2 punches in all of Major League Baseball. There’s also some depth beneath them, such as with the reliable Jose Quintana, giving the White Sox a formidable rotation and one in which that just might help carry them back into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. At the very least, they’ve created a lot of optimism amongst White Sox faithful.
As a result, White Sox tickets are being highly sought-after for when they open up their home slate in a crucial series against their AL Central rival, the Minnesota Twins. According to Razorgator, the average ticket price is listed at $147, with the get-in being only $27, however. Chicago parking is also easy to find at inexpensive prices on ParkWhiz.com.
The Twins also have some high hopes entering the upcoming campaign. They’ve made some improvements of their own on both sides of the ball, adding Ervin Santana to their starting pitching staff, which should definitely help bolster a group that ranked towards the bottom of the American League. In addition, they also signed Torii Hunter, who returns to Minnesota making his second go-around with the club, and his presence should help upgrade their numbers in the power department. Both teams will be looking to make early noise in April, making this an important opening series in the AL Central.