The Cleveland Guardians and the Chicago White Sox are both tied for the top spot in the AL Central at (6-5). You’re probably thinking well Cleveland’s name is on top of the standings. Well, it’s true! After taking the first two games and winning the series with final scores of, 11-1 and 2-1 you must be wondering is the series over?
No, the series has just begun as we will see both of these squads battle each other for the entire regular season. In due time, all of this will come more to the forefront. The pitching matchup is going to be an epic one to see. The visiting White Sox will throw out their undefeated starter in Dylan Cease (2-0), who has a 1.69 ERA and fanned 16 batters in the 2022 regular season campaign.
Cease will be opposed on the hill by (0-1) Zac Plesac with a 1.64 ERA and seven K’s. Don’t let this (0-1) record fool you Plesac has a (22-15) win and loss total, a 3.85 ERA, in 56 games, for 324.2 innings pitched, 252 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.13. Plesac overall has a WHIP of 1.00. Zach likes to throw the slider, the change up and the curveball to keep his fastball going.
Cease has thrown 307.2 innings, struck out 367 hitters, an ERA of 4.30, in 60 games with a (24-18) record. This should be an interesting contest for the Guardians to close out with before heading onto the road.
What are we going to see in this ball game?
- The presence of Jose Ramirez is without a doubt the best hitter the Guardians have to offer. After a grand slam in game one and an enormous double to get Cleveland on the board in game two. What can Ramirez do for an encore? Ramirez is currently hitting at a .429 clip and an OPS of 1.360. Lookout White Sox club! Ramirez has two hits for five RBIs total.
- Gabriel Arias has been an underrated talent for Terry Francona. Arias knows how to work the count in his favor by getting on base and touching them all.
- How about dealing with the leadoff and cleanup hitter combinations of Myles Straw, and Steve Kwan? Straw is hitting .318 in this series with two hits and three runs scored. Kwan has been racking the baseball as well for a .387 average and an OPS of 1.072.
- What can the White Sox deliver?
- You know Tim Anderson wants to get himself going. He has a .375 average and was just held to one RBI.
- Andrew Vaughn contributed at a .310 batting average and netted one hit in this series.
- Jose Abreu has struggled as well along with the leadoff hitting positions by Anderson, and Josh Harrison.
Furthermore, the White Sox netted five errors in two games, being outhit, 17-8. Cleveland is 11 for 22 with runners in scoring position, while the White Sox are one for six with runners on base. The offense for Chicago hasn’t been clicking on all cylinders. Likewise, the White Sox were fanned away a total of 19 times in these meetings.
Are the Guardians going to close the door and remain on top of the AL Central Standings category? Will the White Sox finally get out of their offensive funk?
This game should be a doozy 1:10 afternoon game at Progressive Field. The Cleveland Guardians have been re-rocking the homestand along with all of their passionate baseball fans!
Stayed tuned! It should be a great one!