The Chicago White Sox will go into their home opener this Tuesday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners without some of their pitching and hitting power. Lucas Giolito will miss some time and Yoan Moncada is going to be out. Luckily, Tim Anderson will be back and the lineup should be red hot with him in it.
Pitching is what worries White Sox fans these days, especially with starters Lance Lynn and Giolito out. Following a start from Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech, the Sox will reach into their bag of pitchers and give Vince Velasquez the start in the home opener.
Velasquez comes to the Chicago White Sox via Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres, the two teams that he played for last season. He won a combined three games while losing nine last year in 21 starts.
In spring training this year, he won one game and lost another. Velasquez’s ERA was 7.27 and his WHIP was 1.846. Statistically, he is a little scary but the White Sox will hope he can turn it around and play much better for them, especially in their home opener.
The White Sox are starting to get extremely short on pitching talent and have to use what they have. It’s going to be important for Velasquez to help earn some wins for this team and be a part of the rotation that contributes wins and not losses.
Vince Velasquez is going to start the Chicago White Sox home opener.
He’s capable of playing well and being a winner. Hopefully, his new home will suit him well enough to draw out the wins and keep the White Sox moving towards clinching the AL Central for the second year in a row.
Hopefully, by the time the White Sox roll into their home opener this Tuesday, they will have won a couple of games. It would be great if some momentum carries them through to a win on Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners.
The right-handed Velasquez has a chance to shine on Monday and help contribute to a Sox victory. It will be interesting to see just how well he does and whether the White Sox can rely on him during the remainder of the season.