The Chicago White Sox are loving the fact that Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease are on their team.
The Chicago White Sox are hot right now. As winners of five straight games and 7 of their last ten, they are headed to Wrigley Field to play the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are a good team with a good record but they feel like a team that is set to burn out at any time. There is no way they can keep those unrealistically high starting pitching numbers, their lineup is hit or miss, and their bullpen is as bad as you could imagine. The White Sox can absolutely beat them.
With a big series coming up here between the crosstown rivals, this feels like a great time to update everyone on how Dylan Cease and Eloy Jimenez are doing. The answer to the question in more of a simple fashion would be “very good”. Things aren’t perfect yet but they are both well on their way to becoming stars.
Jimenez is one of the best young power hitters in the world. He is currently hitting .275 and that includes a pretty big slump in there that he has recently come out of. He leads the White Sox with eight home runs and is tied with Jose Abreu for the team lead in RBIs with 19. He has 25 hits and 11 runs scored. Jimenez leads the White Sox in slugging percentage (.560) and OPS (.862). The scary part is he is putting up numbers like this and he still hasn’t even scratched the ceiling of his potential.
Dylan Cease still has a lot of work to do as well but he is also really looking good so far this season. He is 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.364 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts so far in 25.2 innings pitched over five starts. He is looking to really put together a nice short season here and be ready to emerge even further in 2021. He will have the chance to face his old team on Saturday night with Kyle Hendricks on the mound for the Cubs.
Meanwhile, the man the White Sox sent over to the Cubs for these two studs, Jose Quintana, hasn’t made a start for them yet this season. He hurt his hand in a dishwashing incident right before the 60 game season started and is waiting to come back from that. This was a great trade for the White Sox and it is really starting to look extra special now that Cease is showing his stuff at the big league level. These two guys are going to be key pieces for this team for a long time.