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Well, Chicago baseball is heating up already this Spring. Just a few games into the season, and one of last season’s two playoff-bound Chicago baseball teams is having a whole lotta shake-up going on.
Fierty White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has moved mostly untested but highly promising second baseman Chris Getz into the leadoff spot just a few games into the regular 2009 season. Although Getz made an oh-fer (0 for 4) in his leadoff man debut against the Kansas City Royals (which the Chisox lost 2-1, stranding men on base in the final inning), Guillen said he liked the way Getz took all four of his plate appearances and will leave him in the leadoff spot for the foreseeable future. Not giving Guillen a good look at the plate in the previous two games was what cost center fielder DeWayne Wise the leadoff man spot.
Speaking of his decision, the always-straight-forward Chisox manager said of Wise’s final three plate appearances the day before, “I don’t like it at all. I think he was trying to, I don’t want to say intimidated, but just wanted to protect the plate. I want to get him out of there for a couple of days until he starts to swing the bat better. When he starts to swing the bat better or the way we think he swings the bat, I’ll move him back up to see what happens.”
The Chicago crowd certainly seemed to be in sync with Guillen’s thoughts. They booed Wise roundly the previous games before he was dropped from the leadoff spot after going 0-for-8. Wise himself is, well, none too wise about exactly why.
“I can’t figure it out. I was at home last night, and I was thinking about it. I was like, ‘Wow, it’s not just me that’s not hitting.’ I’ve kind of been the guy that’s been singled out and taken all the heat. I guess this leadoff thing has been the topic all offseason and through the entire spring training, maybe it’s because the fans wanted a veteran guy in that spot, a natural leadoff guy that’s had success on this level in that spot.”
Still, Wise and Getz, along with third baseman Josh Fields (who, though confined to the bottom of the order for now, apparently has learned how to lay down bunt-singles to make up for his lack of brilliant hitting), are all touted as potential big offense for a Chisox team that spent the off season offing some of its older veteran players to add youthful energy to those who remained. Hitting coach Greg Walker says of Wise, Getz, and Fields, “We’re excited about them. We feel like what they do mechanically holds up and they are mentally strong kids, so they should be just fine.” And manager Guillen, who calls himself a “defense guy”, has also voiced the opinion that “When you got Wise, Getz, Quentin, and then go to A.J., Fields and Ramirez, you got more ability to do more stuff. I don’t have to wait for Konerko, Dye, Thome to get hot to score some runs.”
On the mound, fireballing closer Bobby Jenks, who has been known to hit 100mph with his heaters, put aside worries from some that he was losing his already legendary velocity by consistently hitting 96 and 97mph in his appearances. so far this season. Still, he did give up the losing run in the form of a homer to non-power-hitter Coco Crisp of the Royals in the 2-1 loss. According to Jenks, Crisp hit a “cutter that didn’t cut.” But Jenks is still plenty young, the season is plenty young, and nobody’s perfect.
Chicago baseball could see a playoff repeat appearance from the 2006 World Champions this season. We’ll see how the off-season wheeling and dealing ends.
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Chicago Blackhawks vs LA Kings: NHL Odds on Versus
While Stanford and Virginia Tech will tell a tale of Pac-10 vs ACC teams fighting it out in the Orange Bowl at 8:30pm EST on Monday night; it will be a tale of two 4th place teams hitting the boards when the Chicago Blackhawks (20-17-3) travel to face the Los Angeles Kings (22-15-1) on Versus live from the STAPLES Center with the puck scheduled to drop at 9:00pm EST. Online sportsbooks have opened with the Kings as a -135 favorite in NHL predictions vs the Blackhawks +115 with an over/under betting total of 5.5 UNDER (-120). Sportsbooks also favor Los Angeles -1.5 (+225) in puck line NHL odds vs Chicago +1.5 (-270) for Monday night’s game on Versus.
The Blackhawks currently sit in fourth pace of the Central Division and had won four consecutive games towards the end of December but have lost their path with three consecutive losses heading into Monday’s match-up vs the Kings. Chicago lost 1-2 on Sunday as favorites in NHL predictions on the road vs the Anaheim Ducks to follow a 3-5 loss vs the San Jose Sharks and 1-3 loss at the St. Louis Blues. Although the Blackhawks are underdogs in NHL odds vs the Kings they do have positive betting trends in their favor having gone 8-1 in their previous nine match-ups including 5 straight wins vs Los Angeles and holding them to only two goals in that span.
The Kings also sit in fourth place of the Pacific Division and have their own losing streak to contend with tonight as Los Angeles has lost their last three game. The Kings lost to the San Jose Sharks 0-1 on Saturday as favorites in NHL predictions at home after a 4-7 home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and 3-6 road loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Los Angeles will have to also overcome being out-shot by the Blackhawks 11-27 in their previous nine match-ups. The Kings are ranked 12th in the league for goals per game this season and could pull off the victory at home tonight if captain Dustin Brown can finally find the net vs Chicago. Brown has only one goal vs the Blackhawks in their past nine games.
NHL Predictions: Chicago Blackhawks +115
Bishop Whitmore is Editor in Chief of VegasSportsOdds.com and has been in the sports entertainment industry for the past 10 years consulting for various media outlets and sportsbooks. View daily sports reviews, poker strategies and casino rooms from Bishop Whitmore at VegasSportsOdds.com.