Major League Baseball’s Opening Day took place on Thursday but only about half of the teams played. The Chicago White Sox were not one of them as they had to wait until Friday to kick things off on the road against the Detroit Tigers.
It is finally here as the two long-time rivals will take the field for their season debut at 12:10 central time. White Sox fans looking for the game in market can find it on NBC Sports Chicago. We will get to hear Jason Benetti and Steve Stone for the first time this year.
This is going to be an untraditional Chicago White Sox lineup to open the season. Tim Anderson has to serve his two-game suspension and Yoan Moncada is out with an injury for a couple of weeks. Leury Garcia is going to play shortstop and Jake Burger will be at third base in their spots.
That is a tough break for the Chicago White Sox to begin the season. Hopefully, their replacements are able to hold their own until those guys come back. In order to be successful in MLB, you need guys t step up so this is their chance.
AJ Pollock is going to lead off for them in this game. That is normally Tim Anderson’s job but Pollock is the perfect guy to replace him for two games. It is going to be really cool to see him and Josh Harrison make their White Sox debut in the starting lineup.
The Chicago White Sox are looking good going into Opening Day 2022.
On the mound, Lucas Giolito is going to take the ball for the White Sox. This is his third year in a row on the mound for Opening Day. Nobody deserves it more. He is the perfect guy to set the tone for the rest of the season. They are in good hands with number 27 on the bump.
The batting lineup is going to face Eduardo Rodriguez. The White Sox have been great in recent years against left-handed pitching. Rodriguez on the opposing mound is great news for this White Sox lineup as they try to score lots of runs this year.
Andrew Vaughn will be tapped as the DH which is likely because of the lefty on the mound. It will be interesting to see how Gavin Sheets is used when a righty is on the mound. Expect both to see lots of time this year but Vaughn is the guy on Opening Day.
While we dealt with a lockout for 99 days, this day felt like it was never going to come. Now it is here and it is time to enjoy it. The White Sox have World Series expectations on them which makes certain things frustrating but remember to enjoy the ride. This is going to be a great year.