The Chicago White Sox had a productive weekend against the Cleveland Indians. The slide continued for the Indians, as they are down by 11.5 games going into Tuesday after losing three of four games against the White Sox. On the other side, the White Sox are on a nice run going into Tuesday against the Nationals in Washington. They’re on a 6-1 run and have moved to 29-30 on the season.
Not a bad look for the White Sox lately, as they have left the Tigers and Royals behind them in the AL Central. They have their eyes on surpassing the Indians next It’s extremely unlikely they have it in them to go on a solid enough run to make things interesting in the AL Central. They are still 11.5 games back of 1st place, held by the Minnesota Twins, but this rise to get into a tie with the Indians is impressive.
There has clearly been a changing of the guard in the AL Central this season. The White Sox won the World Series in 2005, which is better than the Twins, Tigers, and Indians can say. The Indians and Tigers both made it to the World Series since then, but came out unsuccessful. The White Sox may be playing well, but they have a difficult challenge in from of them tonight.
They will have to find a way to slow down Stephen Strasburg, who is back into elite mode and could have a shot at the Cy Young if he keeps his foot down on the pedal. Everyone knows that Strasburg is one of the best pitchers in the major leagues; however, that is when he is healthy and not dealing with an injury which has been a problem for him in his career. Reynaldo Lopez, who has been a weak link in the White Sox rotation, will look to find a solid outing in Washington against Strasburg. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Nationals pick.
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The White Sox have started to have a reliable option in their rotation begin to emerge. Lucas Giolito has doing his part and helping the White Sox get back into the picture. However, Lopez hasn’t been fulfilling his duties as the No. 1 guy on their depth chart. He emerged in his third season a year ago as a viable hurler for the White Sox, posting a career-high of 3.91 in 32 starts.
It was his first full season in the rotation and he improved on a 4.72 ERA in 8 appearances. The third and fourth year is important for pitchers, as ball clubs expect to see improvement. That happened last season, but he’s hit a wall and regressing in 2019. He’s been in freefall recently with a couple of bad spots against the Twins and Royals. The Royals got to him for 12 hits and 5 runs in 5.2 innings and 7 hits and 8 runs in just 3.2 innings against the Twins. He previously had a couple of nice outings against the Blue Jays and Indians, but their offenses aren’t much of a threat at the moment.
Lopez enters with an ERA of 8.22 and 1.89 WHIP in his last three starts. He is looking for a good start on the road in Washington, but hasn’t had many quality showings as a visitor in 2019. Lopez holds an ERA of 7.78, .411 OBA, and 1.83 WHIP on the road. He is still searching for his first win on the road this season. Lopez is going to have a sizable challenge in trying to keep up with Strasburg on Tuesday.
The White Sox hitters that have faced Strasburg already have had no answer for him. They are hitting .121 with a .147 OBP in 33 at-bats. Yondor Alonso is the only player with an RBI in his career against Strasburg. It doesn’t help when he is on fire as well. Strasburg goes into Tuesday with an ERA of 3.19 and he has been at his best with a 2.05 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in his last three tilts. He has allowed 2 or less runs in seven of his last eight outings. I’d look at the Nats to take this one by 2 runs or more on Tuesday in Washington. The White Sox hit a letdown spot here.