The Chicago White Sox were destroyed by the New York Yankees on Thursday night. A lot of it was their own fault but a lot of it was also New York Yankees batters taking advantage of their contact. As a result, Dylan Cease had one of the most bizarre stat lines that you’ll ever see.
He had some of his nastiest stuff which is why he had 11 strikeouts in the game and he only went four innings. Not only did that tie a White Sox record for most K’s through four innings, but it also tied an MLB record. That part was absolutely sensational. He will be amongst the league leaders in 2022.
The problem with his start is that he gave up six earned runs on six hits. He only had two walks so that wasn’t really the issue (even though you’d like to see him have zero). He gave up not one, but two home runs to Giancarlo Stanton. Both of them were bullets based on the exit velocities.
Sometimes, one of the greatest hitters of a generation just tags you. That is what happened to Cease as four of the six runs that he gave up came from Stanton’s big blasts. It happens from time to time. It did, however, make for a very weird stat line.
The Chicago White Sox saw Dylan Cease had a straight-up weird stat line.
Cease is going to be a superstar if he isn’t already. Until the Stanton damage, Cease had had a great start to the season. He also had insane strikeout numbers in his one “bad start”. When there is something that positive on a bad night like Thursday, you know something is good.
Dylan Cease’s next start will come against a much weaker Kansas City Royals team. If he brings the stuff that he brought against the Yankees, he should dominate. It could be a lot of fun to watch him go for the rest of the season as he is one of the best young pitchers in the game.
Hopefully, he learned something here about facing someone like Stanton. He is only going to improve from here and take some things away from this start that can help him in his future. It might be a while before you see a White Sox pitcher with a stat line like that.