Major League Baseball is always a better place when it has elite pitchers going up against one another. That is happening in tonight’s game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. If you ask any baseball fan who the top 15 pitchers are in the game right now, both Lucas Giolito and Shane Bieber would be mentioned. Now, they get to face off against each other in Tuesday night’s big matchup. The White Sox desperately needs Giolito to come up big here.
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians have a huge pitching matchup tonight.
Lucas Giolito came in seventh place for the 2020 American League Cy Young Award that Bieber won. It was a phenomenal season for both guys as they try to get their teams back into the playoffs this year. Seeing them duel will be one of the main highlights on the entire MLB calendar for Tuesday night.
The Chicago White Sox have a significantly better offense than the Cleveland Indians so it might be more of a battle for Bieber. That doesn’t mean that things will be easy for Giolito either because the Indians are still a very good team with a lot to prove. If the White Sox see their offense be as good as we’ve seen in the past, they should have a chance to win this game.
You know that the Cleveland position players are going to be upset after the way last night’s game went so the White Sox need to be ready. Giolito has been good to start this season but we know he can get to an even higher level. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 4.22 and a WHIP of 0.844. The ERA needs to come down but the WHIP is right where it needs to be (it isn’t going to stay that low all season long).
As for Bieber, we know he could be better than he has so far as well. He has a 3.65 ERA with a WHIP of 1.216. His ERA is lower but Giolito has had a better year so far. None of that matters, however, as this feels like a game where both guys dominate. Whoever is able to get to them later in the ballgame (or the bullpen) will be the team best equipped to win.
Each team is going to take their time against the opposite starter. There is no reason to rush into things for the hitters so a lot of pitches might be used. You also have to wonder if each team’s approach will be different as a whole based on who is on the other side. Regardless of that, the MLB is lucky to have a matchup like this.