Chicago White Sox: Matt Foster gets the start on Saturday

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The Chicago White Sox are going to roll with Matt Foster on the mound for Saturday’s game.

The Chicago White Sox are coming off a big win on Friday night as they defeated the Cleveland Indians. It was a fun way to see them end a two-game skid after winning six in a row. Cleveland is a very good team and likely one the White Sox will be battling for playoff position all year long. Well, they needed someone to start for them in place of Carlos Rodon and that is going to be Matt Foster.

Before being drafted by the White Sox, Foster went to the University of Alabama. He is now up with the White Sox for the first time in his career and he has been brilliant. He has three appearances as a reliever so far this year and was awesome every time. He hasn’t given up a run and has a 0.818 WHIP over 3.2 innings. He also has six strikeouts and is credited with one win to make him 1-0 on the season.

The ball has been absolutely dancing out of his hand so far in his short stint. So much so that he has earned the right to start a game in light of a few injuries. Gio Gonzalez already replaced Reynaldo Lopez in the rotation and with Rodon down, Foster is a good player to tap for this assignment. It should be very interesting to see if he can get the job done for the Sox.

This would be an awesome time for that dangerous White Sox starting lineup to be plentiful with the offense. They will be going up against Zach Plesac who has had a pretty good start to the season statistically, despite being 0-1. They are going to need to have good at-bats and get to him early if they are going to score before they get to the bullpen. Providing Foster with some runs early would really help with his confidence to pitch freely.

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This is an awesome opportunity for a young man pitching in a high-pressure situation. Yesterday’s win put the White Sox back in second place by half a game over Cleveland. This is an opportunity to start trying to give themselves some breathing room.

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