The Chicago White Sox have one of the biggest questions entering Spring Training. They have named Mark Buehrle as the Opening Day starter. It had been wondered by some that maybe Jake Peavy would get the nod.
The decision doesn’t mean much as being the starter on Opening Day has little merit for contract negotiation, has never won anyone a Cy Young and at times seems to be an honorarily thing but the White Sox are making the right decision here.
Buehrle has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, he threw a perfect game last year and has been the rock of the White Sox dating back to 2002. Last year he went 13-10 with a 3.84 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Buehrle figures to again be one of the better pitchers in baseball, even though his strike out numbers aren’t friendly for fantasy owners and his win total likely will again be heavily affected by a questionable offense.
The decision also allows the White Sox to place John Danks as the number three pitcher, had Peavy been listed as the teams number one pitcher it’s likely Gavin Floyd would have been in that position.
All things considered the White Sox figure to have one of the best rotations in baseball again this season.