The first batch of Chicago White Sox cuts have put Adam Engel, Ryan Cordell, Jacob May and Leury Garcia in the catbird seat for a CF start on Opening Day. Right on the heels of the trims, Engel starts today in center and May is in left—and, for what it’s worth to the outfield competition, Garcia at short.
Time: 2:05 p.m. CST
Radio: WGN 720
Reynaldo Lopez takes the mound for his second Cactus League start. Lopez threw two innings in his first start this spring, surrendering an earned run and punching out two batters. In his spring career of six starts, Lopez has a 3.80 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 21 1⁄3 innings. The righthander has never faced the Milwaukee Brewers in regular season play.
Lefthander Wade Miley gets the start for the Milwaukee Brewers. Miley is a non-roster invitee (signed on Valentine’s Day) for the Brewers, fighting for his major league starting rotation life. So far, so good for the 31-year-old, as this spring he’s thrown 4 1⁄3 scoreless innings, with seven strikeouts and a 0.92 WHIP. In his spring training career, Miley has pitched 35 games (24 starts) and 113 innings, with a 4.94 ERA, 74 strikeouts and a 1.48 WHIP.
In 2017, Miley started 32 games for the Baltimore Orioles, clocking in with a 5.61 ERA, 8-15 record, 1.729 WHIP and AL-high 93 walks. In his career vs. the White Sox, Miley is 1-4 in six starts, with a 7.22 ERA. Chicago shelled him in two 2017 starts, generating a line of 0-1 in three innings pitched and 19 batters faced, with an 18.00 ERA.
The first shelling was quite literal, as Miley lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Baltimore’s 4-2 win over the White Sox on May 5; Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia hit line drives back at Miley just two pitches apart, and the starter was forced to leave with a left wrist contusion. On June 12 in Chicago, the White Sox jumped on Miley quickly, as the starter lasted just 2 1⁄3 innings, giving up six hits and six earned runs in staking the Sox to a 6-0 lead. The White Sox, behind a very 2017 pitching line of Mike Pelfrey, Jake Petricka, Greg Infante, Juan Minaya and Anthony Swarzak, held on, 10-7.
It’s the White Sox’s first look at the revamped top of Milwaukee’s lineup, boasting key trade acquisition Christian Yelich and free agent sign Lorenzo Cain. Both have started like gangbusters in Cactus League play: Yelich 5-for-15 with a .911 OPS, Cain 6-for-16 with a .912.
And here’s the slate of coming starters for the White Sox: