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There’s no doubting that Leury García has $5 million of utility to any ball club, but I had my reservations about the three-year deal he signed with the White Sox because of his tendency to find himself a little too involved with some very important plans. He shouldn’t be starting in a corner outfield spot two postseasons in a row, and yet two different managers have felt compelled to put him there.
The reason he’s starting at shortstop and batting sixth on Opening Day is different — Tim Anderson is serving a two-game suspension to start the season, and Yoán Moncada is out — but there’s always some logic that puts him in the middle of things.
At least we’re seeing the benefits of the trade for AJ Pollock. With Anderson out, Pollock is a natural choice for a backup leadoff man.
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Time: 12:10 p.m. CT
|1||AJ Pollock, RF||Robbie Grossman, RF|
|2||Luis Robert, CF||Austin Meadows, LF|
|3||José Abreu, 1B||Javier Báez, SS|
|4||Yasmani Grandal, C||Jeimer Candelario, 3B|
|5||Eloy Jiménez, LF||Miguel Cabrera, DH|
|6||Leury García, SS||Jonathan Schoop, 2B|
|7||Josh Harrison, 2B||Akil Baddoo, CF|
|8||Andrew Vaughn, DH||Spencer Torkelson, 1B|
|9||Jake Burger, 3B||Tucker Barnhart, C|
|SP||Lucas Giolito, RHP||Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP|
Weather: At the moment, it’s raining.