Chicago White Sox: 1 amazing fact from Lance Lynn’s start
The Chicago White Sox had a great game on Wednesday afternoon. Lance Lynn dominated on the mound and the offense scored 6 runs on 15 hits. It was a fantastic day for fans of the White Sox as they took another series over the Minnesota Twins. That win puts them at 10-2 vs the Twins on the season and they now lead the division by 8.0 games. As good of a series as it was for the good guys, one stat came out of this third game that is stunning.
Lance Lynn recorded a big strikeout for the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Lance Lynn recorded his 100th strikeout of the season here. He joins Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, and Carlos Rodon at the century mark. This is the first time in White Sox history that they have four players over 100 strikeouts before the All-Star break. That is the most incredible stat you will find about this rotation all year long. They have all been so good.
In this game, Lynn collected the win thanks to 6.0 innings of work where he only allowed one run on four hits. He had six strikeouts and three walks in the game as well. He was a big key in the White Sox winning this game and he was also a big key in them having as successful of a first half as they’ve had.
This also speaks volumes about their starters as a whole. Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, and Carlos Rodon all have this significant first-half milestone in their back pockets because they are so good. There have been some bumpy roads at times but overall, they have been elite. All of them have a legit chance to reach 200 strikeouts by the end of the season if they stay healthy and productive.
Thier only starter who won’t reach this milestone before the All-Star break is Dallas Keuchel. In fact, he would be lucky to reach 100 by the end of the season as he only has 55. The closer, Liam Hendriks, is actually 5th on the team with 57 strikeouts. This isn’t a knock on Keuchel as he is mostly a contact pitcher who doesn’t try to record strikeouts.
With all of the offensive injuries that the White Sox have had so far this season, the pitching stepping up is the reason they are in first place in the American League Central. The starters are big key and the strikeout totals are reflective of that. It makes sense that Lynn and Rodon are headed to the All-Star Game. If Giolito and Cease can get even better down the stretch, this rotation is World Series good.