The red-hot Chicago White Sox will take their record of 14-13, as well as their six-game winning streak, home with them to Guaranteed Rate Field to take on the Cleveland Guardians. They come into this game with a record of 14-14.
The White Sox were swept in their most recent series against one another and that left them reeling. The White Sox will hope to turn the tables against the Guardians at home for this three-game set.
The first game of the series will feature White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech against Guardians pitcher Zach Plesac. Kopech comes in with an ERA of 1.17 to go along with 23 strikeouts. Plesac’s record is 1-3 and an ERA of 4.44 along with 16 strikeouts.
The advantage goes to the White Sox in the pitching matchup. However, their bats will have to get a little hotter than they have been to win this game and series.
The Chicago White Sox needs to keep the good play going throughout the week.
Tuesday’s matchup features Lucas Giolito who takes a 1-1 record against Cal Quantrill who has the exact same record as Giolito. Lucas has an ERA of 3.20 and 32 strikeouts while Quantrill’s ERA is 3.54 along with 17 strikeouts.
Once again, the advantage goes to the White Sox. As mentioned before, if the bats aren’t awake, the Guardians are going to play it too close or win the games in this series.
The final game of the series on Wednesday is scheduled to feature Guardians’ pitcher Aaron Civale against a pitcher that has yet to be determined. It is five days of rest for Vince Velasques so it is interesting that they haven’t said anything yet.
Civale will enter the matchup with a record of 1-2, an ERA of 9.45, along with 22 strikeouts. It’s likely Vince Velasquez may pitch in this one but that remains to be seen. We may even see Johnny Cueto pitch.
When it comes to hitting, the Guardians have some lively batters with guys like Jose Ramirez, Ahmad Rosario, and Oscar Mercado all available and ready to go. These guys can hit and the Sox found this out in their first go-around with them.
Luckily for the White Sox, they will get Yoan Moncada back on Monday. The Sox lineup is slowly coming back together but still missing pieces like Eloy Jimenez.
With them playing better, the weather getting warmer, and these three games being at home, I believe that the White Sox will win the series but lose one of the three games. They will continue to gain ground on the Twins and eventually take their rightful place atop the AL Central.