Chicago’s baseball clubs doubled up on opening day as the White Sox bullpen looked phenomenal and the Cubs just in general look like a team that’s gonna perhaps run away with their division. The Cubs got what they’ve come to expect from Jake Arrieta on opening night in Anaheim. Arrieta opened his season with a seven inning shutout against a very good Angels lineup and handed the ball over to the bullpen with a 6-0 lead. Chicago would tack on three more in the ninth en route to a 9-0 romp. The Cubs offense showed their might as Fowler, Zobrist, and Montero all had multi-hit openers. Montero had the biggest blow hitting a two run home run in the sixth. On a side note, if Villanova didn’t have a great enough night with their buzzer beating championship over the higher seeded Tar Heels. Their very own Matt Szczur hit a bases clearing double in the ninth to put an exclamation on the Cubs win.
The Southsiders also started out west in Alameda County, and saw their ace likewise go seven innings while striking out 8. Sale did have a rough third inning after the White Sox took a 4-0 lead off of Rich Hill who was oddly starting in place of Sonny Gray. Gray will pitch on Wednesday. Sale did settle down after the shaky third, but went on to finish seven strong allowing seven hits. The top of the order for the Sox went 4/10 nabbing the two earned runs Chicago got on the night. Todd Frazier had an opener to forget as he went 0-4 in his first game for the Sox.
Expect the Cubs to continue their offensive barrage in the warm bastion of So Cal, while the White Sox will try and start the season off right with the better of the pitching match-ups remaining in the series. Wednesday should be a doozy with Gray opposing Rodon in the third game of the four game opener.