We have been waiting for big-time starts out of Dylan Cease ever since he made his MLB debut. It takes a while for young starters with loads of talent to turn the corner and that might finally be happening for him. The Chicago White Sox are deep at the starting pitcher position so far this year and that has helped them win a lot of baseball games. It would be even better if Cease continues to develop.
Well, Cease’s first amazing start came last week against the Detroit Tigers. The problem with that is that the Tigers aren’t very good. It is one of the worst lineups in the league right now for a team that should have another really high draft pick in 2022. Cease knew that he would have to come out and play well in his next start to keep people interested.
Dylan Cease did amazing all-around for the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
With the Chicago White Sox playing against the Cincinnati Reds in their ballpark, the National League rules were in effect. Nobody wants to watch pitchers bat in the long term but it did provide a bit of excitement on one night. Dylan Cease went 3-3 with a run scored.
One of his hits was a nice cut where he put it opposite field off the wall. It looked like it had a chance to leave the ballpark before it hit the wall. He clearly has the ability to take nice swings and even ran the bases pretty well for a pitcher. It was really cool to see Cease have success at the plate in his first three career MLB plate appearances.
As good as he hit, he pitched even better. He went 6.0 innings and only gave up one hit and three walks while striking out 11. He didn’t give up a single run and that allowed the White Sox to end up winning the game 9-0. The bullpen came in and did the job the right way to support Cease and the offense.
Nobody is arguing against this performance because the Reds offense is very good. It was easy to be skeptical about him dominating the Tigers but this game is wildly different. The Reds lead the National League in hitting so it is a very impressive outing for Cease. He went out there and dominated a very good offense that can certainly put together huge performances.
One name that needs to be mentioned is Nick Castellanos. He went 0-2 with two strikeouts which is very good news in this victory. He has been one of the best Reds’ hitters in this dominant lineup and he has also been a White Sox killer in his career. Cease and the bullpen shutting him down in this game is very good. Hopefully, Cease keeps this up as the team’s number five starter. If he does, it is a championship staff.