Dylan Cease has struggled in his rookie season with the Chicago White Sox so far, but of late, he’s been much better on the mound.
While Dylan Cease still needs to improve to become a valuable part of the 2020 Chicago White Sox rotation, he has made major strides.
In September, Cease currently has a 3.60 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 15 innings with 20 strikeouts as compared to 10 walks.
After registering a 6.97 ERA in August and 6.86 ERA in July, that would classify as a major improvement.
On Saturday night, he tossed five innings against the Seattle Mariners in which he allowed one run on three hits and three walks.
The walks are still a problem for Cease as 10 in 15 innings for the month of September is a really bad ratio.
That being said, it’s a good sign that he’s only allowed six runs in that span, which means that Cease has figured out a way to evade damage from those walks.
While, yes, that is probably unsustainable if he keeps that up long-term, control is usually something that improves with experience in the league and it’s also a good thing to have to learn to pitch yourself out of trouble early on.
Unless you’re Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, or Jacob deGrom, you are likely going to have to pitch yourself out of trouble in most games at one point or another. To develop that ability early on in your career is very important.
If Cease is able to clean up the walks and control issues, Cease could find himself pitching much deeper in games too, which would help him become a force in the White Sox rotation.
Lucas Giolito and Dylan Cease are both, hopefully, going to be joined by Michael Kopech in the 2020 Chicago White Sox rotation. With the team likely looking to add to that mix, they could quickly go from having a bad rotation to one of the best in the game.