Thread: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics

Hello again. Tonight, the Chicago White Sox have another late night game on the West Coast, this time against the Oakland Athletics. This is a sizable set of four games, like the rest of the games from now on. Taking three or four games out of this series is ideal, and it starts with a win tonight.

Tony La Russa is also looking to be back with the team as soon as next week, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

For another update from AL Central, the Minnesota Twins lost both games of their doubleheader against New York last night and tied the Yankees 2-2 in the sixth inning. Currently, the Twins and White Sox are tied for second in the division. The Cleveland Guardians lost to the Kansas City Royals yesterday but are out tonight before heading to Minnesota for a weekend series.

Who better positioned on the mound to close the gap in the division than Dylan Cease?

If only to stay healthy, Cease may have now become the Cy Young favorite, holding a 13-6 record with a 2.13 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. In his last outing against the Twins… well, we know how it went. Just a standout performance, although the no-hitter was interrupted with two outs in the ninth inning. The previous game, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cease allowed only two hits. So if everything goes as planned, tonight he won’t allow any hits! Seriously, it’s amazing to see him grow with each game, and I hope he can continue his dominance until the end of this season.

The South Siders will face southpaw JP Sears, who is 5-1, 2.37 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He made his MLB debut this season with the Yankees in July, before moving to Oakland as part of the Frankie Montas trade. Sears reported to Triple-A, but was recalled by the A’s in August. He’s had solid outings lately and went six innings with six hits, two runs and five strikeouts last week against the Baltimore Orioles. Sears uses three pitches, with its fastball being the benchmark at 61.3%. He follows with a slider (23.1%) and a change (15.6%). In other words, if the White Sox can get their hands on Sears’ fastball, we should expect solid contact at home plate tonight.

Elvis Andrus will continue to lead the way, followed by Yoán Moncada and José Abreu. The formidable Eloy Jiménez will serve as DH, followed by AJ Pollock and Andrew Vaughn in the outside corners. Romy González starts second, Seby Zavala is behind the plate and Adam Engel is in the middle.

Game time is 8:40 p.m. CT. Watch on NBCSCHI and listen on ESPN 1000.

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