For the Chicago White Sox fans who may have grown enamored with this year’s roster, take a good look.
In the last week of the regular season, the White Sox will play nothing but home games, as their final six contests will take place from the friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field. It’s also surely the last time you’ll see this gang all accounted for and in the same uniform, which is pretty much to be expected from a team that invested heavily in upgrades during the offseason. As a result, Chicago had expectations of making the playoffs this year, but instead, ultimately settled in as one of baseball’s biggest disappointments.
While the 2015 season will go down as an extremely frustrating one for the club, fans can at least take advantage of great pricing on tickets the rest of the way. In fact, none of Chicago’s six remaining ballgames features an average ticket price even above $40, as their most expensive game — the season finale on Sunday, Oct. 4 — comes against the Detroit Tigers, and has an average ticket price of just $36, while the get-in price is a ridiculously low $3. Before the Tigers come to down for the last series of the campaign, the White Sox will host the AL’s best team, the Kansas City Royals, and surprisingly, the average ticket price for the series is just $25 to see the hometown team combat the top team in the American League this season.
Not only is the pricing on tickets tremendous, but so is the Chicago parking at ParkWhiz.com, which can save fans a considerable amount of money on their parking for the game. In fact, for each of the six games left, ParkWhiz.com has spots available starting from $20.
With an offseason that involved acquiring the likes of David Robertson, Jeff Samardzija, Adam LaRoche, and Melky Cabrera, the White Sox thought they had added the necessary pieces to make them a playoff team as early as this season. After all, they have a fine lineup built around last year’s AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu, who has enjoyed a nice sophomore season and is nearing 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in. But overall, the offense has been inconsistent, which is a big reason why they find themselves in their current position.
As for their pitching, the White Sox have one of the best aces in the game in Chris Sale, not to mention another very steady hurler in Jose Quintana, but outside of them, there just hasn’t been much. Samardzija was brought in expected to do a stellar job as the club’s new No. 2 pitcher, but has underachieving greatly and posted his worst season since first becoming a starting pitcher a few years ago with the Cubs. At the very least, White Sox fans were able to enjoy a very cool moment this year — arguably the main highlight of their 2015 season — when Sale tied a Major League record for most consecutive double-digit strikeout games with eight, which he accomplished at the end of June.
Meanwhile, the jury still remains out about the future of manager Robin Ventura. Overall, Ventura has led the White Sox to a 286-336 mark over his tenure and is still under contract for 2016.