Amidst the calm of MLB’s All-Star break, the Chicago White Sox announced some plans for their return to game action. The South Siders have set their rotation for an upcoming four-game series against the Cleveland Guardians.
Series Opener: Lucas Giolito
Lucas Giolito will take the mound to open the White Sox’s second-half slate. Last time out, the big righty tossed 6.1 innings and allowed just one earned run to pick up a win. That outing came against the same Guardians he will face Friday.
Cleveland will deploy Cal Quantrill in the series opener. He has won his last two starts, including a six-inning, four-run performance against the White Sox on July 11.
Saturday Doubleheader: Johnny Cueto and Lance Lynn
To cover a split doubleheader, the White Sox will use a combination of Johnny Cueto and Lance Lynn. Cueto will pitch the first game and Lynn will take the mound in the nightcap.
It’s not a stretch to say that Cueto has been the rock of the Sox rotation in 2022. Since joining the team in mid-May, the veteran righty sports a 4-4 record and 2.80 ERA across 12 outings. Cueto consistently gives his team a chance to win, as nine of his 11 starts have been quality starts.
Lynn has struggled mightily this season to the tune of a 1-3 record and 7.50 ERA across seven starts. The 35-year-old will look to right the ship as he makes his first start of the second half.
The Guardians will turn to Triston McKenzie in the first contest of the twin bill and former Sox prospect Konnor Pilkington Game 2.
Series Finale: Dylan Cease
The weekend will wrap up with a stellar pitching matchup. All-Star snub and strikeout extraordinaire Dylan Cease takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox against Cleveland Guardians’ ace Shane Bieber.
Cease owns a 9-4 record, 2.15 ERA, and an MLB-best 12.9 K/9 rate. He finished the first half with a seven-inning, one-hit performance that included eight strikeouts on July 17 against the Twins.
Bieber’s last outing was a complete-game domination of the White Sox on July 11. On the season, the former AL Cy Young winner has a 4-5 record and 3.24 ERA.
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