After the postponement of Monday’s contest between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, both clubs are ready for a doubleheader today at Progressive Field beginning at 2:40 PM CT.
Cease The Day
Dylan Cease, who was slated to take the mound yesterday, will be the game one starter for the White Sox. The last time the 24-year-old was at Progressive Field, he struck out a career-high 11 hitters through 6.2 innings in a no-decision outing. Looking back on his 2019 stats, virtually every category is more appealing on the road than at home, with a perfect split of seven starts each. If intrasquad performances are any precursor to Cease's 2020 campaign, all signs point toward the righty having an effective sophomore season. Today's game will mark Cease's second career start against the Tribe.
In game two, Carlos Rodon will make his first regular-season start since May 1st, 2019. Coming back from Tommy John surgery, the former North Carolina State hurler finds himself at the back end of the rotation after being the team’s Opening Day starter last season. Rodon has pitched in 15 games against the Indians over the course of his career, compiling a 2.49 ERA with a batting average against of .224. While there is some uncertainty surrounding how Rodon will fare in his return, the numbers point toward a good night in Cleveland.
Tribe Taking Notice
The aforementioned pitching statistics combined with a vastly improved White Sox lineup should make for some winning baseball on the South Side this year and beyond. The gripes about Nicky Delmonico and Adam Engel holding places in the Sox lineup will continue until Eloy Jimenez and newcomer Nomar Mazara can cement themselves as healthy contributors. Until then, manager Ricky Renteria has to do with what he has. Even still, the lineup card raises brows around the league. Just ask Terry Francona.
Although the White Sox were outscored 27-17 in the series against Minnesota, the belief in the pitching staff holds true. Fans have also seen a glimpse of what the offense can do if given the opportunity. This three-game set with the Indians is a chance for the team to let the rest of the division know that they are here to compete. While concerns run much deeper than matchups, losing two of three to the Twins and immediately taking two of three, or better, against Cleveland would straighten out some thoughts surrounding the Sox moving forward.
After the games, be sure to tune in to Sox On Tap recap episodes wherever you listen to podcasts.