The Chicago White Sox are a better team than the Pittsburgh Pirates so prepare to take two.
The Chicago White Sox are coming off a four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. They really took it to them in those four games. Some people want to discredit them for that because of the fact that the Royals are in the last place of the American League Central Division. That is a bad outlook on things because they are still a Major League Baseball team at the end of the day. With that said, the Pittsburgh Pirates are a team just as bad if not worse so the Sox should win both games.
The last time they met was in Chicago and it was a magical series for the White Sox. The front leg of the series was the game that Lucas Giolito threw his first career no-hitter. It was a complete domination by him and then the following game was a Dallas Keuchel start that allowed the White Sox to complete the sweep. Hopefully, they are able to have more of the same success this time around.
In tonight’s matchup, Dylan Cease will face Joe Musgrove. That is an advantage for the White Sox as Cease is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.29 and Musgrove is 0-4 with a 6.62 ERA. Cease is really coming along nicely for the White Sox and is fitting in great as the number three guy. They are going to need him to be great down the stretch and into the postseason behind Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel.
Tomorrow will be JT Brubaker for the Pirates and it is still officially unconfirmed for the White Sox. This is a series where the White Sox might be okay with a spot start or something along those lines but the offense might need to come through. Either way, the team needs its best from whoever is needed in every game going forward. There can be no passengers.
The magic number continues to drop and the White Sox have a 99 percent chance to make the playoffs. They have two players in the race for the American League MVP, a likely Rookie of the Year, and two guys who will be mentioned in the Cy Young race (Shane Bieber is going to win it). It is truly a great time to be a White Sox fan. Hopefully, they are able to get the win streak from four to six in this two-game series.