January 7, 2010
from Merkin’s latest mailbag:
In deciding the original layout of the rotation, manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper will take a number of factors into consideration. They will look at the opponents over the first few weeks, which features home games against Cleveland and Minnesota and road games in Toronto and Cleveland, and they probably won’t put left-handers Buehrle and Danks back-to-back in the rotation.
Neither Buehrle nor Peavy are the type of pitcher to make a big deal over who gets that first start or campaign for the nod, but it would serve as an important milestone for Buehrle. With an Opening Day start on April 5 at home against Cleveland, assuming there isn’t 10 inches of snow still on the ground in Chicago, the lefty will break Billy Pierce’s franchise record for most Opening Day starts at eight.
With that deciding factor in mind, I look for a starting rotation of Buehrle, Peavy, Danks, Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia. It’s a solid unit, regardless of the way you stack it at the top.
Merkin also says that Carlos Torres is behind Daniel Hudson on the Sox pitching rotation depth chart but Torres has a better shot than Hudson on filling the long reliever spot. Hudson will go to Spring Training as a starter but may end up starting in Charlotte so he gets regular work. Merkin also says, Greg Walker went to California a few months ago and had “rave reviews” after seeing Carlos Quentin and Quentin should be closer to the 2008 Quentin in 2010.
Spring Training Games to be Featured on Television, Radio and Internet:
The Chicago White Sox, Comcast SportsNet, WGN-TV and WSCR Radio (670 AM) have announced the team’s 2010 broadcast schedule for spring training.
The White Sox will televise six Cactus League games (five on Comcast SportsNet and one on WGN). WSCR, the club’s flagship radio station, will air 10 spring training games. The Sox also will webcast nine spring training games free on whitesox.com.
The first televised spring training game by Comcast SportsNet is on Saturday, March 13 at 3:05 p.m. when the White Sox face the Chicago Cubs at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. WGN-TV will televise one Cactus League game when the White Sox take on the San Diego Padres Saturday, March 20 at 3:05 p.m.
Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone will work all six games in their second season together as the White Sox television broadcast team. Harrelson is set to begin his 21st season as the television voice of the White Sox, while Stone enters his second year on television.
WSCR broadcasts the first of its 10 games on Thursday, March 4 at 4:05 p.m. when the White Sox open spring training against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Tempe. WSCR again will feature the on-air team of Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson. Four of the 10 game broadcasts (March 6, 12, 19 and 20) feature an “interactive” format, allowing listeners to interact with broadcasters after the third inning of the game. White Sox spring training radio pre-game shows begin 10 minutes before game time.
In addition to television and radio broadcasts, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois will present the webcast of nine White Sox spring training games, in their entirety, at whitesox.com. The spring training webcasts, which begin on March 5, are available free to all fans with Internet access.
The complete White Sox spring training broadcast schedule is after the jump: (more…)