The Chicago White Sox are in the middle of one of the toughest stretches in the 2022 schedule. After dropping Tuesday’s series opener in Toronto with Lucas Giolito on the mound, the South Siders will look to Michael Kopech and Johnny Cueto respectively to right the ship up north.
Friday, June 3: Vince Velasquez
After the Sox DFA’d Dallas Kuechel, one of the main questions became, who will fill the innings until Lance Lynn returns to the big league club? While Kuechel wasn’t exactly filling the innings to begin with, it is now known that Tony La Russa and Ethan Katz will turn to Vince Velasquez in his spot.
Velasquez has shown flashes of potential throughout the 2022 season. However, the 30-year-old veteran has still endured his share of struggles on the mound. Velasquez currently sports a 5.30 ERA to go along with 33 strikeouts and 14 walks through 35.2 innings. He figures to be the odd man out of the rotation upon Lynn’s return.
Saturday, June 4: Dylan Cease
The White Sox moved Dylan Cease up in the rotation last weekend as he faced the Chicago Cubs. He threw a season-high 108 pitches over 7.0 innings of work and only surrendered one unearned run. While his strikeout numbers were a bit below what one would normally expect from Cease, he was fairly effective in inducing 10 groundballs. That performance lowered his ERA from 4.24 entering the game back down to a respectable 3.69.
Cease has one start against Tampa Bay this season in which he was able to hold the Rays to only one run over 5.2 innings while striking out eight. He will look to repeat his success on Saturday.
Sunday, June 5: Lucas Giolito
Lucas Giolito will return to the mound on Sunday after one of the roughest starts of his 2022 campaign on Tuesday night. Giolito produced his lowest game score of the year via ESPN (30.0) while tossing 4.2 innings and allowing six runs on eight hits, two of which left the yard.
Giolito did not face the Rays when they were in Chicago for the early April series. The right-hander has faced Tampa Bay five times in his career and has held the Rays to a .165 batting average against him over his career.
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