The Chicago White Sox would be getting a major boost if Dylan Cease turns the corner and breaks out during the 2020 season.
The Chicago White Sox had a good showing against the Milwaukee Brewers in yesterday’s 5-1 win. It was a game that Dylan Cease started and absolutely dominated. He had 4.0 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, one earned run, five strikeouts, and no walks. It was a very good start for him. He needs to have a strong year so the White Sox can have the deepest rotation possible. The season hinges on the pitching because we all know how good the offense can be.
Cease is looking to model after his teammate Lucas Giolito. Giolito was statistically the worst pitcher in all of baseball in 2018. In 2019, Giolito turned into one of the best pitchers in the world. Now, Cease certainly wasn’t bad in 2019, he just wasn’t that good either. Saying he is going to be as good as Giolito is also unfair to him as well. Comparing Cease to Giolito is just simply saying that he is going to have a breakout year. He has proved on multiple occasions that he has the stuff, and now he just has to go out there and do it.
Cease was brilliant in this start against the Brewers. If it wasn’t for one breaking ball that got away from him, it would have been a near-flawless four-inning outing. Hopefully, that was a sign of what is to come for him. He is going to be a big part of the White Sox rotation as long as he continues to pitch well. This is going to be a big year for him.
Of course, there is Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, and Gio Gonzalez all projected to be ahead of him in the rotation as of now but he will have plenty of opportunities to show everyone what he’s got. It is important for a playoff team to have five great starters so Cease’s good play is desperately needed. This spring win was great, but they have a lot more to go.