With the White Sox down 2-0 to the Astros in the ALDS, they are turning to Dylan Cease to take the bump Sunday. There was some debate swirling around who would be the Game 3 start between Dylan Cease and Carlos Rodon. Ultimately the White Sox coaching staff is giving Cease the nod.
Cease is 13-7 on the year with a 3.91 ERA. 8 of those wins have come at home. Dlyan Cease has faced Houston twice this year. The first match-up was on the road in a Sox 10-2 loss. Cease had 3.1 innings pitched with 4 hits and 6 ER. In the other matchup at home the Sox lost 7-1 Cease threw 5.2 innings with 6 hits and 3 ER. Cease is going to need to make sure he is getting his locations over the plate. With the past two games, walks have killed the Sox. That is what Cease was struggling with in previous years and early this year.
Looking back at the previous games Lynn’s lack of fastball location and lack of off-speed pitches killed him. Gilolito struggled with finding his spots and ultimately walking too many Houston hitters. Dylan Cease will need to lean on his curveball and changeup if he wants to keep the fastball hitting Astros off-balance. Game 3 will be the first game at home for the Sox and it is supposed to be a blackout. With the increased energy in the stadium, fans can only hope the Sox struggling bats can also get some run support behind a quality cutting from Cease.