After taking two out of three against the Houston Astros over the weekend, the Chicago White Sox will begin the week with a four-game series against the division rival Minnesota Twins, including a straight doubleheader on Monday afternoon. Re-joining the White Sox as their 27th man will be bullpen arm, Matt Foster. Foster, who was sent down to start the second half of the season has not faired as well as he did in 2020, when he went 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA.
Foster’s first-half numbers largely resemble his 2020 season. He is still missing bats, posting 10.94 K/9 in 26.2 IP. These stats are actually better than the 9.73 K/9 over 28.2 last year. Foster’s issue in 2021 is when he isn’t missing bats, the ball is being hit, and hit hard. This has resulted in an uptick in home runs allowed, as well as extra-base hits. If Foster can find a way to cut down on contact and continue to miss bats, he will for certain find a place in the bullpen. And, if given the opportunity to throw on Monday, there isn’t a better opponent to get your second half started on the right track than the sputtering Minnesota Twins.
The Twins enter Chicago with a 39-53 record on the 2021 campaign, good for fourth place in the AL Central. The White Sox currently hold the best record in the American league at 56-36.