Gamethread: White Sox at Mariners

The hits keep coming: Tim Anderson leads the American League with a .333 batting average. Anderson went 2-for-5 yesterday to build on his strong season. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)

After a disappointing 1-2 series against the hapless Royals (55-92), the White Sox (64-82) are off to Seattle for a three-game series against the Mariners (60-86). For the folks who are interested in tanking, if the season ended today, the Mariners would have the sixth pick in the 2020 draft, while the White Sox would have the ninth pick.

Dylan Covey, 28, will start on the mound for the White Sox. Covey’s most recent outing was a forgettable one, as he got rocked by the Angels in an 8-7 loss on Saturday. In that game, Covey allowed seven runs (all earned) in only two and two-thirds innings. It has been a rough season for Covey, as he enters with a 7.69 ERA, 6.15 FIP, 5.60 xFIP, and -0.1 fWAR in 55 innings.

Yusei Kikuchi, another 28-year-old pitcher, will start for the Mariners. Kikuchi pitched admirably in eight excellent seasons in Japan, posting a 2.77 ERA, but he is having a disappointing rookie season in the majors. Kikuchi enters this game with a 5.24 ERA, 5.76 FIP, 5.11 xFIP, and 0.2 fWAR in 149 1/3 innings. Kikuchi has pitched against the White Sox once this season, and that was the Home Opener, which I was at. In that game, Kikuchi allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

The game is out west, so it is no surprise that we will have a late start (9:10 CST). WGN will televise it, and as usual, WGN 720 will have the radio coverage. Time to get our 65th win.

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Joe graduated in 2018 with a degree in economic consulting from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, also minoring in Japanese and studying abroad in Nagoya for a semester. He grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, but moved to Indianapolis after graduation. The White Sox are his favorite team in all of sports, and he considers it a blessing to have the opportunity to write about them on this great platform. He squeaked by with the 2018 #SoxMath championship despite intense competition from colleague Ashley Sanders. That experience helped put him on the map, as he started contributing to South Side Sox shortly afterward. Joe looks forward to delivering all sorts of content about our team.

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Perfect night to get that 65th win!

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José just keeps adding to his HR and RBI totals!

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I will say, Andy Masur is a pleasant and welcome substitute play by play guy!

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Triple by YoYo!!!! Wow!

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Adam Engel! What is going on?!?! And Collins just gets jammed on another long out!

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Ashley, I can’t guarantee the sunglasses will be pulled out tonight… Dylan Covey is pitching… but it’s looking good!

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Let’s keep this offense up!

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And a 1-2-3 inning?! From Covey!! Get that microfiber cloth ready!

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YoYo is a home run away from the cycle!!! He just keeps on hitting and driving in runs!

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How is this the same Mariners team that blitzed the Sox on opening weekend?!

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Oh and YoYo for MVP.

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Shhhhh…Mendick is taking Yolmers roster spot in 2020

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Oh man, Yoan was 10 feet from homering for the cycle! And he did his required 10 pushups as punishment! Lol