Chicago White Sox: Dylan Cease’s one bad inning cost them a win
The Chicago White Sox have a team that is having a hard time keeping up with the power of the Minnesota Twins right now, and hopefully, they can correct it.
The Chicago White Sox lost the game to the Minnesota Twins by a final score of 6-2. Dylan Cease got the start for the White Sox, and he had a decent game on the mound with all things considered. The only blemish was a five-run second inning. The Minnesota Twins have a lethal offense, and they unleashed it on Cease during this tough frame.
It looked like it was going to be a short outing for Cease after the way that inning went. There were arms warming up in the bullpen that early, but Cease found his game and started to roll after that. It was good to see that he can at least battle back sometimes. Every inning isn’t going to go so smooth and you have to be able to deal with it. He wouldn’t give up another run for the rest of his time as he pitched five full innings.
The bullpen gave up one solo shot to Nelson Cruz, who hit his fourth home run in two games. It wasn’t great by any means, but it is a stepping stone for Dylan Cease and an already steady bullpen. If Cease can erase innings like the second one tonight, he will be the starter we all dreamed he would be.
The White Sox offense has struggled lately. They are showing how much they miss Eloy Jimenez and Tim Anderson who are both out with injuries. Without guys like that in their lineup, you rely more heavily on Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, and James McCann and they simply cannot carry the load every single night because nobody can. Balance is key to scoring runs in baseball and taking Anderson and Jimenez out really hurts that.
The good news is that both Anderson and Jimenez should return within the next couple of days. It has been terrible without them and hopefully, they come back and are their old selves. The White Sox are a mediocre team that is very top-heavy. When you take away a few of those top players, they start to be more of a bad team. Anderson is primarily being replaced right now by Ryan Goins and Jimenez is primarily being replaced by Adam Engel. That is a downgrade in two big spots in the lineup.
Hopefully, the White Sox can make something of this Twins series before the New York Mets come to town next week. It is going to be tough, but they should be able to do it.