The Chicago White Sox just defeated the Kansas City Royals by a final score of 9-1. They dropped eight on them in the first inning and they didn’t look back. It was a great game that allowed them to take their record to 18-13. They are in first place of the American League Central and have the best run differential in Major League Baseball. It is a great run that they are on but we all know how good they can be when they play well.
Pitching is key in Major League Baseball. They have had a remarkable run from their starters in the last four games. Not a single one of them has given up a single run in those four starts. This is the kind of stuff that can help a team win the World Series.
The Chicago White Sox might have the best rotation in all of Major League Baseball.
Dylan Cease got things started on Tuesday. He went six full innings, gave up only one hit and three walks, and had 11 strikeouts. He came into the season hoping to gain command of his pitches to the best of his ability. We know that his stuff has always been there but it has been about commanding it. Now that he is commanding it well, he is showing that he can dominate.
On Wednesday, Dallas Keuchel went seven full innings without giving up a run. He allowed two hits, three walks, and had one strikeout. It was as good of a performance as you can get from a pitcher like Keuchel. He wasn’t given a win, however, as the White Sox couldn’t muster up a single run in the game. It was the only game of this dominant stretch that they were handed a loss and it came in extra innings.
Carlos Rodon is legitimately a Cy Young contender at this point. We always knew he had it in him based on his draft status and talent. He just wasn’t putting it together and then injuries derailed his development. Now, he is as good as any pitcher in the league. On Friday, he had six innings pitched where he had no walks, five hits, no runs, and eight strikeouts. It was a really nice start for the potential comeback player of the year.
Then there was Lance Lynn. As mentioned before, he was spotted an eight-run lead before he ever stepped on the mound. Sometimes that can make pitching hard but he was fine. He went five innings without giving up a run and only gave up one hit. He had four walks against and six strikeouts in the big win. It was a really nice game that allowed the White Sox to go into Sunday looking for a sweep.
The only starter not on this list is Lucas Giolito. He gave up the last run from a starter last Sunday and it wasn’t a bad start at all. It was the day Luis Robert was hurt and not many players played well around him. He looks to get back in the win column today with a dominating performance.
Going for a sweep with the ace on the mound is what dreams are made of. It is okay if he yields a run or two but we know he is going to dominate as long as the rest of the team plays to their potential. This is a fun run that they are on and people should be excited about this group. The fact that Michael Kopech is coming makes it even scarier to think about.