The Chicago White Sox lost a tough one last night thanks to a walk-off win by the New York Yankees. Carlos Rodon was brilliant in the effort but the offense couldn’t figure it out. Now, they are hoping to get things done against one of the very best pitchers in the game in Gerrit Cole. This is going to be the first time that the White Sox faces Cole in a Yankees uniform. The last time they played him, he was with the Houston Astros and the White Sox defeated him.
Gerrit Cole hasn’t been as dominant as you would think against the Chicago White Sox.
For most of Gerrit’s career, the White Sox have been a bad baseball team. This is going to be the first time he faces them when they believe they have a chance to win. Gerrit Cole has only faced the White Sox twice and is 1-1 in those games. Only the New York Mets have a higher ERA against him (6.23) than the White Sox (6.00). Now, it isn’t a large sample size or anything like that but is somewhat of a reason to be confident in themselves.
He does have 11 career strikeouts in 12 career innings against them so you can probably expect him to fan a few more during this game. Just because he hasn’t dominated them the way he has other teams doesn’t mean that he can’t shove in this game. The White Sox needs to come ready to play if they are going to have a chance to win. Their bats need to just find a way. Getting him out of the game as early as possible is probably the best plan of attack.
Dylan Cease is going to be the starter for the White Sox in this one. He has had a brilliant season so far himself. All he needs o do in this game is match what Cole does and maybe even be better. Carlos Rodon was able to shut their injured lineup down so Cease should be able to have a chance as well.
This is the type of game that you need your leaders to be leaders. Expect guys like Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, and Tim Anderson to come out ready to play in this one. A day game at Yankee Stadium should be just enough to get the juices flowing. If the White Sox win this game, you like their chances of taking the series on Sunday. Tagging one of the best pitchers on planet Earth will make it tough but they believe in themselves.