Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. Danny Duffy (2-2, 4.11 ERA)
The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals get a four-game AL Central series started at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night. The White Sox are coming off a 8-1 drubbing at the hand of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Wednesday. It wasn’t much of a competitive game at any point, with the Twins scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd to pretty well put the game away right away.
Reynaldo Lopez lasted just 1.2 innings for the White Sox, while Jose Berrios was in great form in 6 innings of work. The Twins have been waiting for Berrios to come around, and that might be the game that gets him going. The Twins are a game and a half behind the Cleveland Indians for the lead in the AL Central. Meanwhile, the White Sox are a game back of the Tribe following back-to-back losses in Minnesota. It was a missed opportunity for the White Sox at Target Field.
In any case, the AL Central is a tight division that is going to have an exciting race unfold in the final week of the regular season. The White Sox are in a vital phase of the season right now. They’re coming off two losses and have a winnable opponent in front of them in Kansas City. If the White Sox fail to go to Kansas City with any sense of focus, then their season could turn into turmoil in a hurry.
That said, the White Sox are on the cusp of winning the AL Central. And even if they don’t win the division, there’s a good chance that they get into the postseason anyway. The White Sox go into Kauffman Stadium with a record of 22-15. 24-year-old Dylan Cease is expected to take to the hill for the first game in Kansas City on Thursday evening for the White Sox. The Royals, who are in the basement of the AL Central with a record of 14-23, are scheduled to send out Danny Duff to the hill. Head below for our free Chicago White Sox vs. KC Royals pick for September 3, 2020.
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Having a solid young pitcher in the rotation is a good way to be a successful team. A lot of youngsters continue to develop faster than we’ve seen in the past. There are several quality young hurlers in the majors in 2020. Dylan Cease can be included in that group. Cease is a sophomore who struggled to find a rhythm as a rookie last season.
He posted an ERA of 5.79 and 1.55 WHIP as a rookie. Not good, but you can’t read too far into what happens in the first year. As a sophomore, Cease has been much more comfortable on the bump. Cease heads into Thursday with an ERA of 3.00 and 1.36 WHIP through seven starts and 36 innings.
He’s trending in the right direction for the White Sox. Note that Cease hasn’t conceded more than 2 earned runs since giving up 4 in his season opener versus the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Since then, Cease has allowed 2 or fewer runs in six straight performances. In his previous three starts, he notched a 2.70 ERA through 16.7 innings. The Royals are hitting .201 versus Cease in 50 at-bats.
Danny Duffy has been adequate for the Royals with an ERA of 4.11 and 1.06 WHIP through 35 innings of play. He is coming off a no-decision in a 6-5 loss against the White Sox last week. Duffy conceded 7 hits and 3 earned runs on Friday in a so-so performance. It could have been better, and it could have been a lot worse.
The White Sox have torched Duffy in the past for a .331 batting average with 21 runs in 244 at-bats. Duffy has been shaky in Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium. He has a 5.00 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 9 innings. This is a big game for the White Sox. Following up two losses against the Twins with a loss in KC wouldn’t be good for morale. However, I think Cease gets going and puts the White Sox back in the win column tonight.