The Chicago White Sox have had a terrible season. They were expected to go into the playoffs as the American League Central champions and then make a deep run. Instead, they will be missing the playoffs entirely. Most of the organization should be ashamed of themselves.
The White Sox were just swept by the Detroit Tigers on Sunday which finishes a six-game homestand in which they were 0-6. They went into that Clevland Guardians series needing a sweep themselves so they went out and lost six straight.
After the first loss to Cleveland, it seemed as if the White Sox gave up completely. That is not a good way for a baseball team to show itself late in the season. You can bet that other teams/scouts watching these players will take note of that going forward.
One player who didn’t give up, however, is ace pitcher Dylan Cease. He still has something to play for so he doesn’t get too much credit for still trying hard because you should do that no matter what as a professional athlete.
Dylan Cease has been better than amazing for the Chicago White Sox this year.
He still has a chance to win the American League Cy Young. There are a lot of people still involved in this race but it seems like Dylan Cease and Justin Verlander have made it a two horse race.
The good thing that Cease has going for him here is that he just made his 31st start of the season and should make it a full 32 by the end of the year. He is second in the league with a 2.06 ERA after another magnificent game at home against the Tigers.
As mentioned before, the White Sox lost this game by a final score of 4-1 which completed a sweep for Detroit. However, it certainly wasn’t Cease’s fault. He went 6.0 innings and didn’t give up a single run.
The problem for the White Sox was that they didn’t score more than one run (a solo shot by Yoan Moncada) and the bullpen blew it. Reynaldo Lopez has had a brilliant year in the pen but he allowed one run here that tied the game.
An inning later, Kendall Graveman allowed three runs and that was it for the White Sox. Between that mess of a bullpen and lack of offense, they were swept and failed Dylan Cease. They fell to 20-11 in games in which Cease started. That is a great record that should be even better.
If he wins the Cy Young, that will be amazing for him and his career. It will also be nice for the White Sox because they won’t have to worry about his development anymore as long as he continues to pitch like this. It won’t always be this easy for him but he is a magnificent pitcher.