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Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander deserve a lot of praise

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 16: Dylan Cease #84 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 16, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 16: Dylan Cease #84 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 16, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Dylan Cease’s Chicago White Sox and Justin Verlander’s Houston Astros have had some wild moments together over the last two decades.

For one, the White Sox defeated the Astros in the 2005 World Series for their first championship in almost a century. It was the greatest season in the history of the Chicago White Sox and the two will be forever linked because of it.

The Houston Astros did get their revenge, however. In 2021, the now American League version of the Astros played the White Sox in the American League Division Series.

They would win the five-game series in four games but it was nothing short of entertaining (especially the blackout game). Houston would go on to win the pennant but lose to the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.

Now, this season, the White Sox are hoping to see the Astros as a measuring stick once again. This has not been the best season ever for the White Sox but they can salvage it by finishing strong and making it to the playoffs.

They won a big game in comeback fashion on Monday and were looking to follow it up on Tuesday with another big win. It came and it was in the same comeback fashion as the offense took care of their business late in the ballgame. The score of 4-3 would be the final in the end.

Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander came into Tuesday’s game hoping for a big win.

Going into the game, the story was the big pitching matchup. It has been a very long time since the two leaders in ERA met up this late in the season. Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander were ready for battle and they were both very good.

Both of them gave up three runs which are a lot more than they have been used to but both offenses came ready to try and spoil things a little bit more in this one. Each of them deserves praise for the way that they handled the hype and delivered.

Cease probably shouldn’t have been charged with a third earned run because Andrew Vaughn (a first baseman) isn’t very good at playing the outfield. He dropped a ball that would have ended an inning where two scored but the scorekeeper ruled it a hit instead so Cease was charged.

This was the first time in a long time that Cease allowed more than one earned run so the streak is over but he was still very good. This Houston Astros lineup is tough from top to bottom and Dylan made decent work of them. He is used to going more than five innings but that was enough in this one.

One of these two gentlemen is probably going to win the Cy Young Award. Verlander probably has the inside track, especially since they both gave up three in this one but Verlander went a little longer in terms of innings. Either way, they should both be proud of this game and this season.

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