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    White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    ESPN - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen announced Sunday that Mark Buehrle will start for the team on Opening Day on April 5 against the Indians.

    It will be Buehrle's eighth Opening Day start, making him the White Sox career leader.


    This was kinda a no brainer wasn't it



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    Yeah, but there was some thought they could go with Peavy, or that they might try and align the rotation differently for the opponents at the beginning of the year.



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    The only other option would've been peavy, but even if peavy is your "ace" I think that you still give it to Buehrle due to the fact that he has been with the club for a long time.



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    by the way...I can't wait for baseball!!!!



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    Even though I think Peavy is a stud...Buerhle has earned the opportunity to start that game! And his name will be in White Sox history for a long time as it won't be easy for a pitcher to make 8 opening day starts this day in age...at least with the same team.



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    by the way...I can't wait for baseball!!!!
    I feel the same way!



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    This was definitely a no brainer. Buehrle's been with the Sox forever, and he'll have the record for most opening day starts by a Sox pitcher. I do think Peavy will have more wins but having him in the 2nd spot in the rotation might be a pretty good thing.



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    ESPN - Mark Buehrle will start for the White Sox on Opening Day for a record eighth time because Jake Peavy turned down the job.

    "I had talked to Jake at SoxFest about him being the Opening Day guy," pitching coach Don Cooper said Monday. "He called me up two or three days after SoxFest and said, 'Dude, I don't want to start. I don't want it. This is Buehrle's team



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    Re: White Soxs announce Buehrle starts opening day

    The White Sox made a pair of big moves last summer, acquiring Jake Peavy and Alex Rios. Peavy has three years and $52MM remaining, while Rios has five years and $59.7MM. While those were huge commitments, GM Kenny Williams was still pretty active this offseason.
    Williams managed to spread $8.375MM over six veteran free agents, keeping his risk low. Williams' riskier moves were the acquisitions of Pierre and Teahen, who will both be given starting jobs. On the open market, would Pierre have matched the two-year, $8MM commitment taken on by the White Sox? And why not go year-to-year with Teahen, who hasn't hit like a corner infielder since '06?
    Based on CHONE projections and the Baseball Musings lineup analysis tool, the Sox should score around 780 runs in 2010. That'd place in the middle of the AL and above last year's output, though the projection is probably optimistic since it doesn't account for injuries. There is a decent chance Chicago's offense remains below-average. It would've been worth putting the $2MM used on Jones and Kotsay toward a more productive free agent DH.
    Using CHONE projections for earned runs while tweaking their innings estimates, it does seem reasonable to envision the club ranking second in the AL again in starter ERA. The highest projection among their front four is Gavin Floyd's 4.33. Bullpen-wise, the addition of Putz and a full season of Tony Pena offsets the losses of Dotel and Carrasco. Defensively, the Sox will benefit from the subtraction of Dye.
    The 2010 White Sox will potentially suffer subpar production at traditionally offensive spots - left field, third base, and designated hitter. They still look like contenders, but it'll be on the strength of their run prevention.



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