Chicago Baseball Is Back

The two newest acquisitions for Chicago’s baseball teams took the mound Sunday and Monday and neither of their debuts resulted in a win for the home nine. Jon Lester pitched well in his highly anticipated debut, but the Cubs couldn’t get to Adam Wainwright in a rematch of Game 1 of the 2013 World Series. The Cubs would lose 3-0 on the nationally televised opener and after the game it wasn’t about the lack of offense that had people talking, but rather Lester’s inability to keep guys on the bag at first and the lines for the bathroom.

The White Sox 2015 opener was much worse as Jose Abreu scored the only run for either Chicago team belting his first of many home runs on the year. At the time of that homer the White Sox were down 4-1 and things could’ve played out differently from there. Unfortunately the achilles heel of the White Sox reared it’s ugly head as the Royals demolished the bullpen en route to a 10-1 blowout.

Chicago’s north and south side representatives have lofty expectations, but to lose by a combined score of 13-1 on opening day is something that’s going to have people thinking bad thoughts for this year’s campaigns. The Cubs have some fabulous potential, but the lack of offense against solid pitching could be a problem all year with their youth movement. The White Sox have offense to spare, but on Monday the bad defense and awful bullpen showed itself much too much. A game that was 4-1 at point ballooned to a 10-1 loss in no time after Jeff Samardzija was pulled from the game.

On Tuesday the Cubs game was PPD due to inclement weather, however the real reason is believed to be that port-o-potty’s could be brought in to avoid what was a major problem on opening night. Many fans in attendance on Sunday were complaining that bathroom lines were far too long and the ballpark that is undergoing major renovations was not ready for the start of the season.

The White Sox will attempt to get their first win of the season tonight when Carlos Quintana squares off against Danny Duffy in Kansas City. In the Wednesday matinee following the postponement the Cubs defeated the Cardinals 2-0 to salvage a split of the shortened three game set. The Cubs will have another off day on Thursday before heading to Coors Field to take on the Rockies in a weekend series.