The Chicago White Sox pitching staff has endured its ups and downs this year. But the one constant has been Dylan Cease.
The 26-year-old has been the ace of the White Sox staff, leading the rotation in wins, innings, and ERA. Among starters, Cease has allowed the second-fewest earned runs (25), trailing only Johnny Cueto (22), who didn’t join the team until mid-May. Becoming a potential Cy Young candidate this season represents a big leap for a guy who dealt with significant control issues during his first three MLB campaigns.
Even with his dominant numbers, Cease did not make the American League All-Star team. Two of the starting pitchers that made the squad over Cease, Paul Blackburn and Nestor Cortes, pale in comparison to the Chicago White Sox righty.
The Disparity Favors Dylan
Looking at Nestor Cortes, he isn’t the Yankees ace. What Cortes does have going for him is the Bronx Bombers’ powerful offense. New York’s lefty put together a strong first half, but Dylan Cease owns better numbers across the board despite having a spotty offense supporting him.
Paul Blackburn is having a “good” year on a last-place Athletics team. He is the A’s only All-Star representative and likely earned the nod for that reason alone. But if the Midsummer Classic is supposed to feature the best of the best, the stats are all Cease needs to prove his case.
When comparing key pitching metrics, Cease holds the lead over Cortes and Blackburn in nearly every category — and is tied for those in which he doesn’t lead. Cease has seven wins and a 2.45 ERA. That ERA is good for eighth-best in the league. In comparison, Cortes ranks 15th and Blackburn doesn’t even break the top 25.
But where Cease really sets himself apart is the strikeout numbers. He has fanned 133 batters, which is third-best in baseball and even better than the Yankees’ true ace, Gerrit Cole. Cease also owns an MLB-leading SO/9 rate of 13, which is a whopping figure. Shane McClanahan of the Rays ranks second in that category with just over 12.
The proof is in the pudding. Dylan Cease is one of the MLB All-Star Game’s biggest snubs.
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