Chicago White Sox: Looking at the 2005 World Series rotation
As you learned before, facing Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, and Jose Contreras in any order to start the World Series had to be no fun for the Houston Astros. Well, there was sure to be a bit of relief one they got to game four right? The Astros had Brad Lidge on the mound who was an all-star pitcher in 2005 who even received some MVP votes.
Wrong. Freddy Garcia was amazing for the White Sox all year long leading up to the decisive game four of the World Series. Garcia took the mound for the White Sox in game four with a 3-0 series lead. If he is able to win the game, the White Sox would complete the sweep of the Astros and win their first World Series title in almost a century.
In that memorable game four, Garcia shoved seven innings of shutout baseball. He didn’t give up a single run with seven strikeouts and three walks. Ozzie Guillen somehow knew to take him out and let Cliff Politte, Neal Cotts, and Bobby Jenks take care of the rest. Freddy Garcia is the winning pitcher of the game that made the White Sox the champions of baseball.
It was a pretty nice career for Garcia before and after that as well. He made many stops along the way in his 16-year career but he had two all-star appearances, a World Series title, and an ERA title that he won in 2001. Garcia rounded out the most successful rotation in the history of the White Sox. Hopefully, their new group of kids can come together and do what these guys did.