How does a young pitcher like Jenks, who hasn't suffered any known injury lose 10 mph off of his fastball?
The Dodgers are counting on the return of closer Eric Gagne, who underwent right elbow surgery last season. And the White Sox are expecting Bobby Jenks to regain his ninth-inning mastery that in October helped them claim their first championship since 1917.
Don't count on it.
Gagne appeared in only two of the Dodgers' first 14 spring training games. He didn't allow a run, but scouts say his fastball was only in the upper 80s.
Jenks was a postseason folk hero in Chicago. Fans are fickle, however, and Jenks has lost up to 10 mph off his fastball. Scouts say he doesn't look as free and easy in his throwing.
The White Sox will, however, have plenty of fans this season. The club says it has "sold out" its 21,500 season tickets and already has surpassed 2.2 million in ticket sales, which assures the White Sox of only the eighth 2 million attendance season in franchise history.
The White Sox sold 2.34 million tickets last year, fourth best in franchise history. The first three years in U.S. Cellular Field (1991 to 1993) rank 1-2-3.