Tarik Skubal (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Dylan Cease (3-1, 3.26 ERA)
The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox are scheduled to play the second game of their four-game series on Tuesday in Chicago. All four games will be played at Guaranteed Rate Field. It’s important to note that this season because some series are split with two games being played at both teams parks.
The White Sox are coming off a 7-2 win on Monday. Matthew Boyd gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 4 innings for the Tigers. He had a chance to be the No. 1 guy for the Tigers in 2020, but it hasn’t been that kind of season for Boyd. Gio Gonzalez was solid with 2 earned runs across 4.2 innings.
The win sent the White Sox to 12-11 on the season. They might be a year or two off, but heading in the right direction. There were people that had the White Sox as sleepers in this shortened campaign. I think they need a little more to get into contention as a serious contender, though. Having said that, the White Sox are only three games behind the Twins.
Meanwhile, the Tigers might be a year behind the White Sox in terms of development, but the future is very bright in Detroit. There will be a day again that the Tigers are one of the most feared teams in the American League. That is if top-flight prospects like Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize pan out.
Skubal and Mize are both expected to make their major league debuts this week. That has to be exciting for Tigers’ fans. It’s going to be a glimpse into the future. Skubal is skipping Triple-A ball and going straight to the majors after a sparkling 2019 campaign in Erie.
Skubal is in the top-50 of all major league prospects. He has some filthy stuff in his arsenal and hopes to impress right out of the gate. Skubal is the first rookie up, as he is expected to get the starting nod tonight. Dylan Cease will counter for the White Sox. Head below for our free Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox pick for August 18, 2020.
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The White Sox better be prepared for Skuball on Tuesday night. If not he’s going to catch them off guard. Skubal can regularly reach the upper 90’s and occasionally touch 100 on the radar gun. That is with command. If Skubal doesn’t have too many nerves in his major league debut, then he is likely going to put on a show at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Mize is the guy that people are most excited about, but Skubal might prove to be the better hurler over the course of his career. The Tigers are suddenly a really good team in a couple of years if Skubal and Mize turn out as expected.
Skubal was impressive in Double-A last season. He posted an ERA of 2.13 and 1.01 WHIP across nine starts. When you get to skip Triple-A, the organization has to have a lot of faith in that pitcher and they do in Skubal.
I’m going to have some confidence in Skubal to come out in his first major league outing firing. He may not be perfect on Tuesday, but I like him to confuse the White Sox enough to impress in his debut. Hopefully nerves aren’t too much of an issue for him on this grander stage.
Skubal might have to be lights out for the Tigers to score an upset in this one. Dylan Cease has been in good form this season with an ERA of 3.26 and 1.40 WHIP. After getting touched up for 4 earned runs in his first outing of the season, Cease has settled in nicely with 2 earned runs or fewer allowed in his previous three outings.
He’s given up just 3 earned runs in his last 17 innings on the hill. The 24-year-old was inconsistent as a rookie, but has followed up on loftier expectations in 2020 so far. Both Skubal and Cease are hard throwers. We should see plenty of velocity from these hurlers. If their command is sharp tonight, runs are going to be tough to come by. I’m on the UNDER in what is hopefully a memorable debut for Skubal in Chicago.