The Chicago White Sox have a big day today. For one, they are playing against the Cleveland Guardians for the first time since the name change. It is going to be interesting to see how these two teams match up against each other in 2022.
It is going to be a doubleheader because of all the inclement weather that rolled through the Cleveland area on Monday and Tuesday. We haven’t seen the White Sox play since their loss on Easter Sunday. They currently sit at 6-3 while Cleveland is 4-5.
Winning this series would put the White Sox well ahead of them early on in the season. With some of the pitching that they have, it would be nice to see as they might get more dangerous as the year goes along.
The first game is going to be Dallas Keuchel vs Shane Bieber. Both of them have a Cy Young under their belt but Keuchel had some bad struggles in 2021 while Bieber was mostly injured. Each of them is looking to help their team win the first game. Whoever gets to the opposition’s bullpen first might win this one.
The Chicago White Sox have a chance to have a huge day against the Guardians.
In the second game, the White Sox will use Jimmy Lambert against Cleveland’s Triston McKenzie. That is another game where the matchup favors the Guardians so the White Sox offense needs to pull through.
In order to do that, guys like Tim Anderson and Luis Robert need to set the tone. It should be fun to see some of these battles between great White Sox hitters and great Cleveland pitchers. It is definitely the focal point of the series.
One player to contain from a pitching point of view is Jose Ramirez. He is one of the ten best hitters in Major League Baseball and he is hot right now. He was the American League player of the week last week which tells you everything you need to know.
They can pitch around him, get him out, or do whatever it takes but they can’t let him beat them single-handedly as he has in the past. A lot of people consider him a destroyer of White Sox pitching which is true but he is a destroyer of all pitching.
If the White Sox somehow swept the day, they’d be 8-3. That sounds a lot better than 6-5 which is what their record would be if they lost them both. They are the only team in the American League without five losses so it would be nice to see them keep it that way for a while. As mentioned before, this has the chance to be a huge Wednesday for them.