The wait is finally over. Manager Robin Ventura has officially named Chris Sale the Chicago White Sox Opening Day starter.
Although many thought Sale was the most obvious pick, Ventura was adamant about taking his time with this decision. The Sox skipper told the media after today’s game that he wanted to wait to name Sale as the Opening Day starter so that the lefty could use the final two weeks as motivation to get ready.
This announcement came a few minutes after the White Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 11-5 in Glendale this afternoon.
The timing of Ventura’s decision is a little odd, considering Sale had his worst outing of the spring today. Giving up five runs on seven hits in his five innings of work, Sale wasn’t exactly sharp.
Although Sale is very capable of being the Sox number one this season, since camp began I’ve said Jake Peavy deserves the Opening Day nod. Peavy is the veteran on the South Siders staff, and he’s earned the right to get the rock come Apr. 1. There’s no doubt Sale is the White Sox future, but having Peavy as their number one benefits the Sox more. With Peavy’s intensity and leadership, naming him as the White Sox Opening Day starter makes more sense to me.
Peavy, who has actually campaigned for Sale to be the Sox Opening Day starter, still figures to take on a leadership role this year. Having two guys who are equally deserving of being named your Opening Day starter is usually a positive, and I believe both Sale and Peavy will dominate for the White Sox in 2013.