By Nina Zimmerman on May 25, 2014
Reinvention is the name of the game for the Chicago White Sox. And, despite getting bitten very badly by the contagious injury bug that’s sweeping MLB at the moment, the team’s plan seems to be going accordingly. As the 2014 season has gone on, certain players continue to emerge as irreplaceable. Here is a ranking of the team’s top five.
After an up and down season last year, in which he divided his time between Triple-A and the majors, Andre Rienzo is having a very impressive second-chance season after being called up in mid-April. He’s 4-0 in six starts with a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, and has not allowed more than three runs in each of his four starts in May so far.
Tyler Flowers hit .195 last season, meaning that expectations for his performance at the plate were very low heading into 2014. After making adjustments to his approach with the help of hitting coach Todd Steverson, Flowers has a more than respectable .318/.354/.487 slash line this season. He’s also hitting .333 with runners in scoring position, and has a .375 batting average with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Alexei Ramirez started the season hot and hasn’t shown any sign of cooling down yet. He currently ranks third on the White Sox in batting average, hitting .318 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs. Ramirez has also been a force in the new-look White Sox’ ability to come from behind and win games. He’s hitting .375 with eight RBIs with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Despite being on the DL right now, Jose Abreu remains tied for the American League lead in home runs. Even after going on the DL, he held the top spot for nearly a week before anyone else caught up to him. Abreu’s strong hitting for the White Sox represents a powerful punch of success in the present and hope for the future, something the South Siders need. Hurt or healthy, there is no doubt that Abreu is irreplaceable.
Though newcomer Jose Abreu quickly rose to rookie stardom at a record pace, the White Sox’ most irreplaceable player remains ace Chris Sale. After missing about a month on the DL with elbow issues, Sale returned to his old form by striking out 10 and giving up just one hit in his first start back. He’s 4-0 in five starts on the season, and boasts a 1.89 ERA and 0.72 WHIP.
April 27, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser
Every team in the MLB is trying to separate themselves from the rest of the competition. Here is how successful each team has been so far. Read More
April 26, 2015 by Brad Berreman
The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a terrible start this season, which could prompt some trade activity. Here are five Brewers who belong on the trade block right now. Read More
April 26, 2015 by Brad Faber
Filling in for Justin Verlander, Kyle Lobstein has been quite solid over three starts with the Detroit Tigers. Read More
April 26, 2015 by Jason Fletcher
MLB should have all teams play by the same rules. It's time to eliminate the designated hitter for good. Read More
April 26, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser
With Adam Wainwright likely done for the year, there's a good chance Marco Gonzales will be recalled from the minor leagues to take his spot. See why he has all the makings of a superstar. Read More
Even though ace Adam Wainwright was lost for the season, the St. Louis Cardinals should be okay. They have the pitching depth to overcome this injury better than any other team. Read More
As May approaches, the Detroit Tigers will need Victor Martinez to begin swinging the bat a bit better from the left side of the plate. Read More
April 26, 2015 by Michael Terrill
St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is likely done for the season after injuring his Achilles tendon on Saturday night. Read More