Pregame Notes: White Sox vs. Indians – August 7

Coming off of an ugly loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night, the Chicago White Sox (7-6) will look to get back on track as they open an important weekend series with the Cleveland Indians (8-6) tonight. The first pitch from Guaranteed Rate Field is set for 7:10 pm (CT).

Mound Matchups

Good Guys: Dylan Cease (1-1, 6.48 ERA)

  • Dylan Cease is making his third start of the season, coming off of a quality start on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals. Cease delivered six innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Royals, striking out four and walking just one.
  • In Cease’s first start of the season, he was roughed up by these very Cleveland Indians, surrendering four runs on seven hits in just two-and-a-third innings of work.
  • In 2019 (only other start vs. Cleveland) Cease struck out 11 Indians’ hitter in 6.2 IP.

Bad Guys: Aaron Civale (1-1, 3.75 ERA)

  • Aaron Civale is making his third start of the season for Cleveland. Civale took a loss against Minnesota on August 2, allowing three earned runs on five hits in six innings.
  • Civale surrendered just two earned runs on seven hits while striking out nine White Sox hitters en route to a victory on July 28.
  • Against the White Sox, Civale is 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA in his career. Civale has struck out 17 Sox hitters in 14.1 innings of work against Chicago.

Starting Lineups

Good Guys

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Bad Guys

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Six Pack O’ Stats

  1. Dylan Cease is 4-0 with a 3.94 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 29.2 IP in starts in which the White Sox score six or more runs in the game.
  2. The White Sox trail the Indians for second place in the American League Central by a half-game entering play today.
  3. Left-handed hitters own a sizzling .964 OPS against Dylan Cease in 187 plate appearances. Lefties have hit 12 home runs and 11 doubles in that same span.
  4. White Sox third-baseman is 4-for-6 with a double, RBI, run scored, and a walk against Indians starter Aaron Civale.
  5. As a staff, White Sox pitching has a combined ERA of 4.62 in 115 innings of work. White Sox pitchers have struck out 117 opposing hitters in that span (9.2 K/9) while walking 40 (3.1 BB/9) and posting a .257 opposing batting average.
  6. The White Sox offense has struck out 124 times (including 14 last night) in 511 plate appearances, good for 4.1 plate appearances per strikeout.

Pick to Click

I’m going with Yoán Moncada tonight. He’s due for a big game, and he’s fared historically well against Aaron Civale.

Looking Ahead

Pitching Probables

Saturday: TBA vs. Zach Plesac (0-1, 1.80 ERA)

Sunday: Lucas Giolito (1-1, 5.17 ERA) vs. Shane Bieber (3-0, 0.83 ERA)


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Patrick Flowers

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of The Dugout. Previous work can be found all over and has been featured on Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, and SI. Dad, husband, son, and brother among other things.

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