The Chicago White Sox are coming off of a drama-filled yet rewarding series with the New York Yankees. They took two of three to defeat what is becoming a big-time rival. However, it is time to move on to the road ahead as it gets very intense as the season moves along.
The White Sox are 21-20. That is not the start that they wanted to have after 41 games but it is what it is. Sometimes things don’t always go the way that you planned. Speaking of things not going as planned, the Boston Red Sox come to town with a 19-22 fourth place record.
At Fenway Park a couple of weekends ago, the White Sox swept the Red Sox on the road. They also made it look easy most of the time. It is not going to be like that this time. This Boston team is feeling good as they have won five in a row and are 8-2 in their last ten games.
One reason for this resurgence has been Trevor Story. He was ice cold to start the season and now he is red hot. When you combine that with some of the other big bats in Boston’s lineup, you get more wins. He is a game-breaking level bat and is playing like it right now.
The Chicago White Sox are playing a completely different Boston Red Sox team.
As far as pitching, you would think the White Sox have the advantage there. Dylan Cease is going to start the first game and go against Nick Pivetta. That is a matchup that definitely favors the White Sox in every way. That in no way, shape, or form guarantees a win though.
In the second game, the White Sox have another advantage. They love facing lefties so seeing Rich Hill on the mound should spell good news for the home team. Their ace, Lucas Giolito, brings his 2.84 ERA to the mound for this middle game.
The series finale is where things get fishy for the White Sox. Michael Wacha has been brilliant for the Red Sox so far this season. He has a 1.76 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP to go with his 3-0 record in six starts.
He was a late scratch a couple of weekends ago when the White Sox were supposed to face him. As of right now, the starter for this game is to be determined for the White Sox but it is most likely going to be Vince Velasquez.
This is a series that the White Sox should be able to win. They have the distinct pitching matchup advantage in two of the three games. Both teams have an offense that is looking better but the White Sox absolutely need their pitching to step up here.
It would be nice to see the White Sox really keep the bats hot after what we saw in the Yankees series as well. It should be a wildly entertaining series for both sides and it all begins at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night.