After having such a strong start to the season, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease ended up giving up several hits and a lot of runs to a Boston Red Sox team that is starting to get hot.
It was very un-Cease-like to do what he did on Tuesday night and it can be assured that it was a fluke. We shouldn’t be seeing things like this happen with Dylan again. The White Sox lost to the Red Sox 16-3.
The numbers tell a horrifying story of a night gone wrong. Cease threw 71 pitches with 48 of those being strikes. He pitched three innings and had eight hits and seven runs earned runs for an ERA of 4.24. He struck out just four batters, allowed two walks, and gave up two home runs.
We might have known that there was trouble brewing when, on the first pitch of the game, the Red Sox went deep with a home run to start things off. After that, it continued to go downhill. Cease was pulled from the game but his replacements didn’t fare much better.
Dylan Cease simply didn’t have a good game for the Chicago White Sox.
Every pitcher does have their down days. We have seen it happen with Dallas Keuchel already this season so it was bound to happen to Cease. The Red Sox are hot right now and are a strong hitting team. Tuesday night’s result should, although it happened, should not be surprising. The Rex Sox can make the most competent pitcher falter. They got to Cease big time Tuesday.
And the Red Sox got to some of the other pitchers that the Sox brought out there also. So, Boston was just “on” Tuesday night and there could have been no way to avoid what was possibly inevitable. The Red Sox were out for blood and there was no way that the White Sox could stop them.
It’s time for Cease to pick himself up, brush himself off, and get back to winning. You can be assured that this loss won’t affect Cease in a negative manner and that he will come out strong in his next outing and keep the White Sox on a winning path. Tuesday night’s performance is certainly not a foreshadowing of things to come.