Coming out of the All-Star break, the Chicago White Sox find themselves in a series that could hold playoff impications. They once again take on the Houston Astros, who have been hitting the cover off the ball all season. In an interesting move, manager Tony La Russa is changing up the rotation a bit.
MLB Insider Scott Merkin released the news:
While it should be noted that pitching rotations across the league are changing post-All-Star break, this one feels a little more strategic. Both Dallas Keuchel and Lance Lynn had poor outings in their last starts against the Astros. Additionally, Lynn did pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.
Carlos Rodon, on the other hand, pitched an absolute gem in his previous start in Houston. Dylan Cease, who will be starting the first game, struggled mightily against the Astros, but could benefit from a strong outing against a team that roughed him up. This weekend’s pitching slate will also provide a preview of what to expect in the second half from Lucas Giolito, who didn’t pitch in the previous Astros series.
Strategic or not, throwing Cease and Giolito up against one of the best offenses in baseball could be a great test. Especially for a team potentially preparing for a postseason rotation in October.