The Chicago White Sox had themselves a doubleheader against one of the best teams in the league, the Houston Astros, and have a chance to win the series.
The Chicago White Sox had a Tuesday doubleheader against the Houston Astros who are one of if not the best team in Major League Baseball. They lost the first one despite keeping it close for most of the game and they won the second game. You can view those two results as a positive for a young White Sox team who is hoping to be building towards being the Houston Astros someday.
In the first game, rookie Dylan Cease made another start. He took on the best lineup he has ever seen in his entire life and only gave up two earned runs on five hits in six innings. That is really good to see from him as he continues to develop. His record of 2-5 doesn’t give an accurate description of how much he has grown since his first Major League start. The offense wasn’t where it needed to be but in their defense, they were facing brand new Astros starter Zach Greinke who is a stud.
The second game was even more fun to watch for White Sox fans. The first game provided a glimpse of how good Cease can be one day despite the loss, but it is always more fun to watch wins. They won the game 4-1 and gave themselves a chance to win the series against one of the league’s best teams. Ivan Nova got the complete-game victory for the White Sox in yet another quality second-half start for him.
The offense was decent in the second game as they scored four runs which were enough to win the game after the stellar performance by Nova. It is an up and down offense as it isn’t as deep as it needs to be. We know the added depth that is on the way but it isn’t there yet and they need their top guys hitting well to win most of the time.
The White Sox now, after a decent doubleheader, are right back at it for the series finale today. They have a chance to take the series against a team that has a good chance to win the World Series. If they are able to do that, it will be a major confidence boost as they move deeper into the season and prepare for 2020.