The defending AL champion Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox, 10-1, on Monday.
The White Sox’s two highest paid pitchers completed their Cactus League season with marginal results.
All indications are Samardzija will get the ball in the April 6 opener.
The White Sox open the season April 6 on the road against the Royals.
The Opening Day starter role is still open for the White Sox.
“Rivalry games are always fun,” Jeff Samardzija says.
On pace to start Opening Day, Samardzija pitched into the fifth inning for the first time this spring.
Choosing a practice day over pitching in a Cactus League game created valuable bonding time for Jeff Samardzija and pitching coach Don Cooper.
Samardzija could become the second pitcher to start Opening Day for the Cubs and White Sox in consecutive years.
For Jeff Samardzija, starting for the team he grew up watching was in itself an event on Sunday afternoon.
Samardzija started on Opening Day for the Cubs in 2014 and could now do the same for the White Sox this season.
The secondary ticket market shows Chicago baseball fans are bullish on their teams.
With renewed pitching depth, the White Sox are feeling really confident.
The Cubs report to Mesa this Thursday, while the White Sox report to Glendale this Friday.
Talks will occur in 2015, but there won’t be a hometown discount for Samardzija.
Any time the White Sox want to talk about a new contract, the Samardzija camp is ready to listen.
Samardzija is already mighty comfortable with his new team.
The relatively young GM is under new pressure to win from a notoriously fickle, cranky fanbase.
White Sox players are just as excited as their fans.
“I sincerely home the Cubs do win the World Series … after I die,” said Reinsdorf.