Who will be feeling the heat in the American League Central this season?
Not the White Sox. Few outside of Camelback Ranch are giving them a chance to win the division. Their off-season theme song? “The Sound of Silence.” No one is talking about them. Few are even thinking about them. They seem to like it that way.
Nope, the real pressure is on two teams that lost a combined 184 games last season, but made the most moves this winter, and are now expected to compete with the big boys for the first time in a long time.
Cleveland and Kansas City, pick up the white courtesy phone. Your time has come.
Easier said than done. Just ask new Indians manager Terry Francona, who might already be feeling the pressure.
“I hope we got better. We’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Francona when I recently asked him about the flurry of deals the Indians made this offseason.
Besides hiring Francona, they added outfielders Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Drew Stubbs, third baseman Mark Reynolds and former White Sox pitcher Brett Myers, among others.
“I think Chris [Antonetti, Indians GM] had a great winter and now it’s our responsibility -- the guys in uniform -- to see how good we can make these guys.”
Pressure is on for Indians and Royals
CSN Chicago | Feb 27