White Sox: There might not be a better pitching matchup in 2021

Vincent Parise
VENICE, FLORIDA - MARCH 11: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in a spring training game at CoolToday Park on March 11, 2021 in Venice, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
VENICE, FLORIDA - MARCH 11: Tyler Glasnow #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in a spring training game at CoolToday Park on March 11, 2021 in Venice, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox are coming off a very good stretch. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays early last week who is a very good baseball team. When Toronto left Chicago after losing the series 2-1, they went to the east coast and had their way with the Boston Red Sox. It spoke volumes about the White Sox and in particular, their pitching. Then, when Chicago went north, they swept the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series.

The Chicago White Sox has a tough series ahead with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Tampa Bay Rays are right there with the Chicago White Sox as one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. They are going to meet up tonight for the first time since 2019 and it is very exciting. The Rays won the American League pennant during the short 2020 season but were defeated in the World Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Game one could be the game of the week in Major League Baseball. Lance Lynn of the White Sox is going to face Tyler Glasnow of the Rays. Both of them are some of the best pitchers in the American League and are legit Cy Young contenders.

Glasnow is absolutely the ace of the Rays right now and for good reason. He has a record of 5-2 with a WAR of 1.9. He has a 2.57 ERA with a 0.929 WHIP. He also has 117 strikeouts to only 26 walks which is an incredible number. The Rays have a chance to win every single time he is on the mound.

Lynn enters the game with even better numbers than Glasnow if you can believe it. He has a record of 7-1 and a WAR of 2.7. His ERA of 1.23 leads the American League and only trails Jacob deGrom for the lead in all of Major League Baseball. It should be a lot of fun to watch two pitchers like this duel for the duration of their starts.

Every time you expect a pitcher’s duel, there is always a chance that the offenses explode as well so you just never know. Either way, you can expect a lot of emotion out of both Lynn and Glasnow when they are on the mound. For those of us who really enjoy quality pitching, this is the game for you this week. Each of them being in the top-six of American League pitchers in terms of ERA makes it a lot of fun.

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There are sure to be a lot of strikeouts in this game. However, on a hot Chicago night, the ball might fly into the summer night from time to time. Whoever’s team gets just enough offense should be able to win the ballgame.

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