The Chicago White Sox have a chance to move on with Dallas Keuchel on the mound.
When the Chicago White Sox added Dallas Keuchel in free agency last offseason, both sides probably had one thing in mind and that is deep playoff runs. Well, this game two start is exactly the reason that he came to Chicago. We all had visions of him starting game two of the playoffs after a big win by Lucas Giolito in the previous game. The first part is complete and now Keuchel has the chance to take the ball and get the White Sox to the American League Division Series.
Keuchel has plenty of playoff pedigree. He is a World Series Champion and has plenty of other playoff experience to go along with it. Anything can happen but fans should feel good about this as the scenario going into game two. Keuchel has been there all year long to ease things up for this young team. This is his chance to keep that trend going.
On the other side, the Oakland A’s are going to start Chris Bassitt. Bassitt had a great season for the A’s and most people believe him to be their best pitcher. He is a righty so the offense won’t have the luxury of facing a lefty but that doesn’t mean they have no shot. There is a chance that the White Sox offense finds a way to hit well anyway but it could also turn into a pitchers duel.
Keuchel also made mention to the media that this moment is exactly what he came here to live. As said before, it is the moment the organization dreamed of when they signed him. If he can pull off the big win here, there is no telling where this team can go beyond that.
Lucas Giolito went pretty late into the ball game yesterday so they only needed to use Evan Marshall, Aaron Bummer, and Alex Colome from the bullpen. That means that they should have the full complement of guys for when Keuchel comes out of the ballgame later today. Based on the dropoff in the rotation after Keuchel, it would be smart for the White Sox to do everything they can to win the series here today.