Chicago White Sox: A closer look at the ’15 schedule


Sep 3, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia (26) hits a double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

It is always a fun day when MLB releases their schedule for the next season. This Monday was no different when the Chicago White Sox officially made their schedule available for everyone to see.

Let’s take a closer look at what the White Sox will face next season in their 2015 schedule.

Here are some highlights:

• The White Sox begin the season on the road against Kansas City against the Royals on Monday, April 6. The home opener for the White Sox is on April 10 against the Minnesota Twins.

Aug 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura (left) and general manager Kenny Williams (right) talk prior to a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

(I like the fact the White Sox will open with Kansas City. It will be a good way very early in the season to see how the team will react to playing a quality team on the road.)

• From April 17-May 3, the White Sox will play 17 games in 17 days, including seven straight home games and games on the road at Detroit (3), Baltimore (3) and Minnesota (4).

(Having 17 straight games this early in the season will be tough on the White Sox, especially if they are a younger group of players not used to that type of grind so early in the year.)

• The first Interleague series is on May 8-10 vs. the Cincinnati Reds, which will end a six-game home stand.

(This should be a fun series, if for no other reason than wins by the White Sox will give me bragging rights with some friends.)

• Chicago’s first Interleague road series and the finale of the 17-game slate will be in Milwaukee against the Brewers from May 11-13.

(The White Sox have had a lot of success in Interleague play over the years, and hopefully it will continue in ’15).

• After those 17 straight games, the White Sox have one day in between a three-game series in Oakland.

Aug 24, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) singles to right during the third inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

(I’m predicting the White Sox will be very tired by the time this series arrives.)

• This is a little strange … from June 15-18, the White Sox and Pirates will play two games at Pittsburgh, then travel to Chicago for two games at “The Cell.”

(I know the two cities are close to one another to have this type of series in a schedule, but it is still strange.)

• The first series with the Cubs will be the final series before the All-Star break with three games at Wrigley Field from July 10-12. The second three-game series between the two teams will be from Aug. 14-16 at “The Cell.”

(I love the fact this series will be played on weekend dates. This year, the four games played between the rivals didn’t seem right begin played on Monday-Thursday in early May. MLB fixed that for ’15.)

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• Chicago will see a lot of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in August with a three-game home series from Aug. 10-12, then a four-game series the next week from Aug. 17-20.

(Hopefully by this time in ’15, the White Sox are still in contention for the postseason.)

• “The Good Guys” will also see a lot of the Seattle Mariners in August with three games at Seattle from Aug. 21-23 and for four more games in Chicago from Aug. 27-30.

(I like this idea of playing the teams from the West all around the same time, like this Mariners series where they will see each other home in a way in consecutive weeks.)

• August will see another 17 straight days of games with 10 of those games being at “The Cell.”

(At least the second time the White Sox play 17 straight days of games is far from the first time they do it in April.)

• From Sept. 1-27, the lone off day for the White Sox is scheduled for Aug. 10. Of those 26 games in 27 days, the White Sox will play 10 of those games at home from Sept. 7-17.

(This month for MLB teams will see who are the real contenders, and hopefully when the Sox start this set of games, they are in the contender category.)

• The final day of the regular season is on Oct. 4 at home against the Royals.

(We’ll all have to wait and see what occurs for an entire season to know if this will be a day of celebration or another day of the season just ending on a low note.)