Chicago White Sox Morning BP: Predictions for the ALDS


Sep 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman

Gordon Beckham

(18) gets a single during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With the Chicago White Sox sitting at home while the ALDS is about to start today, this is a good time to take a little closer look at the two ALDS games that begin on Thursday.

The first game of the day will be at 5:30 p.m. ET with the Detroit Tigers at the Baltimore Orioles, followed by the Kansas City Royals at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 9 p.m. ET.

Sep 16, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles left fielder

Alejandro De Aza

(12) hits a three-run RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Jays 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Each game features a player that was on the White Sox this season, with Alejandro De Aza on the Orioles and the Angels have former White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham.

Beckham played in 127 games this season, but with the deadline trade to the Angels in late August, the second baseman played in just 26 of those games with the Angels.

In those 26 games, Beckham batted .268 (he batted .221 in 101 games with the White Sox) along with eight RBIs and two home runs.

For the ’14 season Beckham combined had a .226 average, seven home runs and 36 RBIs.

As for De Aza, he played in 20 games following the deadline deal with the Orioles. In Baltimore, the former White Sox outfielder batted .293 in those 20 games (82 at-bats) with three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Compare that to his 122 games this season with the White Sox, where De Aza batted .243 with five him runs and 31 RBIs.

If these two get a chance to play in their respective series, it should be interesting to watch as White Sox fans.

As for Game 1 of the series, the pitching matchups will be Max Scherzer (18-5, 3.15 ERA) for the Tigers against Chris Tillman (13-6, 3.34 ERA) of the Orioles.

In the second game of the night, Kansas City will pitch Jason Vargas (11-10, 3.71 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (18-9, 3.59 ERA) of the Angels.

These should be fun ALDS games to watch.

My predictions are: the Orioles and Angels win their respective series. What are your ALDS predictions? Let us know.

More from White Sox News

In White Sox news:

• White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing will interview for the vacant Arizona Diamondbacks managerial job.

CSN Chicago says Paul Konerko “has no plans to return to baseball soon.”

Adam Dunn thanked fans on twitter since he is retiring as we posted on SS.

• Former White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker resigned from the same position with the Atlanta Braves as stated in this ESPN Chicago article.

• The Chicago Sun-Times writes about how bright spots couldn’t make up for shortcomings in ’14.

• Also at SS we wrote about how Carlos Rodon could be in the White Sox bullpen in ’15.

• We’ve also started of 2014 White Sox player reviews for the offseason, beginning with Adam Eaton.