There is a lot of excitement in Chicago about the chances of the Chicago White Sox to claim the American League Central crown this season. That is a long way down the road but right now the first game of the season will give a good preview of the Sox against one of their division rivals this season. Chris Sale will be pitching for the White Sox against a tough opponent in the Kansas City Royals.
Sale is armed with a new contract and plenty of confidence as he steps out for the opening day game. I expect a great game from him versus a tough Royals team. Sale is the real deal and becomes more clearly a great pitcher seemingly every game. Sale’s opening day triumph might have a spoiler today though as the White Sox will need to get passed a great opposing pitcher to claim victory.
The Royals have perennial Cy-Young candidate and possibly new team leader James Shields on the mound for game one. Shields doesn’t likely concern himself with how great Sale has become over a short period of time. Instead, he probably will just be focused on going out and shutting down his competition like he so often does.
I don’t know who the favorite in this game is but the season probably favors the White Sox over the Royals for the long haul. Today’s game could be a preview of the fact that the Sox can defeat the best that the Royals offer or it could serve notice to the Sox and the AL Central that the revamped Royals are for real.