Back in action: Dylan Cease looks to build off his last outing, in which he struck out 11 in six and two-thirds innings. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)
The White Sox (62-80) will conclude a three-game series against the Angels (67-76) this afternoon. The first two games resulted in one-run victories for the Angels, as the White Sox will be looking to avoid being swept.
23-year-old righty Dylan Cease will be the White Sox’s starting pitcher. Cease has struggled in his rookie campaign thus far, posting a 6.75 ERA, but the advanced peripherals show that he has had some bad fortune (5.51 FIP, 4.45 xFIP). Through 11 starts, Cease has been worth 0.3 WAR, per FanGraphs. Cease pitched admirably in his most recent start, in which he struck out 11 in an exciting, 6-5 victory over Cleveland.
Noé Ramirez, who is a 29-year-old right-hander, will pitch for the Angels. Through 58 innings across 43 appearances (five starts) this season, Ramirez has posted a 4.19 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 4.15 xFIP, and 0.6 fWAR.
The starting lineups are as follows:
Infielder Danny Mendick, who has had nine career plate appearances and who has only batted seventh and ninth, will bat second today. Mendick is 3-for-9 with three singles, no walks, and two strikeouts (.333/.333/.333) so far. Mendick will start at shortstop, while regular shortstop Tim Anderson gets the day off. Thanks to Anderson’s good day at the plate yesterday, in which he went 2-for-5 with a double, Anderson increased his lead in the American League batting average race. Anderson is now slashing .334/.354/.515 this season. That .334 average gives Anderson a six-point lead over DJ LeMahieu (.328) of the Yankees.
First pitch is scheduled to take place at 1:10 CST. WGN will televise the game, and as usual, WGN 720 will have the radio coverage. Let’s get our 63rd victory.