The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers had a successful debut of their young pitchers.
Last night’s battle between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers had a whole lot of buzz. The White Sox were looking to win their fourth straight which is really exciting but it was also the debut of one of their top pitching prospects, Dane Dunning. He went up against Case Mize who is the Tigers number two prospect and number eight in all of baseball. It was a whole lot of fun to watch as both guys did very well for their MLB debuts.
The White Sox brought Dane Dunning over along with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez in the trade that sent Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. Both teams seem to be thriving in the end as Eaton and the Nationals have won the World Series and all three pitchers have now pitched for the White Sox.
Casey Mize was the bigger name going into the game as he is a much higher regarded prospect. He was the number one overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He went to the University of Auburn where he was brilliant and now he had the chance to pitch in the big leagues.
Both players were very good in their debuts. Surprisingly, they had pretty much the exact same numbers in the exact same number of innings. In 4.1 innings, Dunning gave up five hits, three earned runs, one walk, one home run, one walk, and had seven strikeouts. In those same 4.1 innings, Mize gave up seven hits, three earned runs, one home run, no walks, and had seven strikeouts as well. Those are some stellar numbers for the two guys who had been waiting for this day for a long time.
The White Sox needed a little bit of offense in this game as well. Tim Anderson was in the middle of it all once again but Yoan Moncada, Edwin Encarnacion, and Jose Abreu all had impactful games at the plate as well. The White Sox were losing 3-1 at one point but climbed all the way back to tie it before Abreu hit a go-ahead home run. It was a fun night all around and the White Sox were able to get their fourth win in a row.
At this point, it would be nice to see Dunning be in the rotation full-time. The bullpen day every fifth day hasn’t been working at all so hopefully, this is the answer to that. Lucas Giolito is on the mound tonight to try and sweep the Tigers out of town before a trip to Wrigley Field for the Crosstown Classic. Time to sweep the Tigers and bring on the Chicago Cubs.