Tony La Russa reveals the White Sox Opening Day batting order
It is Opening Day across Major League Baseball but there are only a select amount of games to kick off the season. Unfortunately, the Chicago White Sox have to wait an extra day before they kick off their season on the road against the Detroit Tigers.
There have been some non-fun stories to come out of spring training as Tim Anderson has to serve a two-game suspension from the benches-clearing incident last fall. There are also a few different injuries that make things tough on this team right now.
Luckily, we didn’t have to wait to find out what the starting lineup is going to be. It came out of Tony La Russa’s mouth not long after the team officially released its Opening Day roster.
It isn’t the postseason batting order for the White Sox but it is still a solid group of players that will go out there and try and get their first win of the season.
- AJ Pollock – RF
- Luis Robert – CF
- Jose Abreu – 1B
- Yasmani Grandal – C
- Eloy Jimenez – LF
- Leury Garcia – SS
- Josh Harrison – 2B
- Andrew Vaughn – DH
- Jake Burger – 3B
The Chicago White Sox starting lineup for Opening Day is officially out there.
This is a very interesting group to open the season. Garcia is going to be playing in Anderson’s spot at shortstop for the first two games. He is the perfect utility infielder/outfielder to play in situations like this. Plenty of teams have it worse when their star shortstop is out.
With Yoan Moncada’s injury, Jake Burger is the guy to play at third base. He will bat ninth so this is a great chance for him to do what he can to stick with the big club. He is an incredibly easy guy to root for because of his story so we can only hope that he pans out.
AJ Pollock and Josh Harrison are going to make their White Sox debuts. Pollock will start in Anderson’s leadoff spot before making his way down the lineup when he returns. Harrison will bat seventh which is nice for him with some of the power that comes after him in Vaughn and Burger.
Lucas Gioltio will be on the mound for his third straight Opening Day. This is a great honor for him as he tries to set this team off on the right foot. He will face a very nice Tigers lineup that features some very good players.
These Whtie Sox hitters will face a lefty in Eduardo Rodriguez which could really work in their favor as they have dominated lefties in recent years. This lineup isn’t even close to full strength and it is still really nice to look at. This is going to be a great year.