The Chicago White Sox pulled out a huge victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday by a final score of 3-0. It was a very nice way to close out a series win. Taking a series against the Tigers 3-1 is very important. When you are an elite baseball team, you need to go .500 or slightly better against the other elite teams and dominate the teams that are clearly lesser than you. The White Sox have done that so far this season.
The win put them a solid 4 full games over the Cleveland Indians for first place in the AL Central. It also made Tony La Russa the second-winningest manager in the history of the sport. For all of his faults so far this year, he deserves some shine for that very nice milestone.
Pitching has been a big key to the Chicago White Sox’s success so far this year.
Dylan Cease was given the start in this Sunday victory. We went into the weekend thinking it was going to be Carlos Rodon but his start was pushed back to Tuesday and Cease was brought in for Sunday. It looks like a smart decision now because it was one of the best starts of his young Major League Career. He was excellent and a big reason why they won the baseball game.
Cease pitched seven shutout innings where he only gave up five hits, one walk, and had ten strikeouts. The ten strikeouts sure are impressive and were one shy of his career-high. The thing that might honestly be more impressive was the fact that he only had one walk. He has nasty stuff but making sure he has his control is always key for him right now.
Well, he certainly had control in this victory. He didn’t walk anyone and almost half of his outs were via the strikeout. When his breaking stuff is on point, he has the nastiest stuff on the staff. We all know how good guys like Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito, and Lance Lynn are but Cease’s ceiling is incredibly high. He is right below Michael Kopech in terms of pure talent.
Cease is going to be relied on a lot this season. The White Sox has a lot invested in him and needs him to be the talent that we know he can be. He has lots of A+ pitches that are very hard to hit and commanding them is the key. He has done that a lot lately which is really nice to see. You can expect him to go on a nice little run again over the next few weeks.