The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers will try to fit two games in on Thursday evening. They were rained out on Wednesday, so the Casey Mize and Carlos Rodon matchup moves to the early evening hours in Chicago. Matthew Boyd and Dylan Cease are scheduled to pitch in the nightcap at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Nothing changes in the early contest. Mize and Rodon were ready to pitch yesterday before that game was forced to Thursday. Keep in mind that this will be a seven-inning game. The seven-inning doubleheader rule remains from last year. The runner on second base rule in extra innings is also still active.
The White Sox are coming off a 5-2 loss against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. The Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak with the win over the White Sox, 5-2. Triple Crown winner, Migeul Cabrera, smacked a long ball to help lead the Tigers over Lucas Giolito. Giolito didn’t hold up too well, as he conceded 5 hits and 4 earned runs through 6.2 innings of work.
The bullpen did a solid job, allowing only one more win, but the damage was already done against Giolito. Tigers’ starter, Jose Urena, was solid across 7 innings with 1 earned run allowed. Urena sustained some damage, but managed to keep things together and avoid collapsing. The White Sox had 7 hits and 3 walks against Urena with only 1 run on the board.
The White Sox had their four-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday. They were coming off a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers over the weekend. Their interest level in Detroit looked awfully low. The Kansas City Royals are currently up in the AL Central with a record of 15-8 for a 2.5-game advantage on the White Sox. Despite the deficit right now, the White Sox are the team to beat in the division.
Detroit goes into Thursday with a record of 8-16. They snapped a five-game losing streak on Tuesday with their win over the White Sox. The Tigers are not contenders, but hope to be with Mize leading the way on the hill. Mize has been inconsistent in his major league career so far, though. He gets the call with the red-hot Rodon countering at Guaranteed Rate Field. Head below for our free Tigers vs. White Sox pick on April 29, 2021.
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Casey Mize was making the minor league system look like high school baseball when he first joined the Tigers. As a No. 1 overall pick in the draft, this was expected of Mize. His potential to replace Justin Verlander in Detroit as a perennial all-star was sky high. Minor league competition was much too easy. Then he sustained an injury that set his development back somewhat.
Mize has failed to duplicate the success he had in the minors. Keep in mind that Mize is only a 23-year-old, so calling him a bust is way too premature. His talent has been apparent, but finding consistency has been a chore. Mize enters today with an ERA of 5.23 and 1.45 WHIP. He started off well this season in his first couple outings, but he ran into a brick wall since then.
Mize allowed only 1 earned run in his first performances, though he regressed hard in his previous two showings. In his most recent starts, against the Royals and Athletics, Mize was taken for 11 earned runs in 9.2 innings of work. In his last assignment, Mize allowed 7 hits and 6 earned runs against the Royals in 4.2 innings. Through his career, between last and this season, Mize has posted an ERA of 6.24 and 1.47 WHIP in 11 starts. Even though that doesn’t look pretty for Mize, he is still a promising prospect.
Mize has a tough matchup against Rodon, though. Carlos Rodon is reaching the pinnacle of his career at 28 years old. Rodon tossed a no-hitter versus the Cleveland Indians on April 14. Instead of regressing, Rodon didn’t pitch poorly in his next outing with just 2 hits and no runs allowed against the Mariners. Detroit is hitting just .199 against Rodon in 56 at-bats. They are hitting lefties at an inefficient clip of .181. I like Rodon and the White Sox in the first game on Thursday.