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Miguel Gonzalez gets his second start of the spring, while Luis Robert roams center field

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5-Star Sheriff: Luis Robert patrols center field today, with five tools in tow.
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The big news in today’s lineup is Luis Robert getting the start in center field. It’s the most malleable position competition on the Chicago White Sox this spring, with multiple candidates still in camp to make their pitches. Robert has close to a 0% chance of being the Opening Day center fielder, but it’s fun to see how all the new prospects stack up against more known quantities.

Time: 2:05 p.m. CST

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Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound for his second Cactus League start. Lopez threw two scoreless innings in his first start this spring, yielding several baserunners (2.50 WHIP) but no damage. In his spring career of 27 games and 20 starts, Gonzalez is 6-8 with 5.23 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 84 13 innings. El Jaliscience has one career start vs. the Cincinnati Reds in regular season play, a four-hit, eight-strikeout shutout on Sept. 3, 2014 while pitching for the Baltimore Orioles.

The slate of hurlers due to hit the mound after Gonzalez for the White Sox today are Jeanmar Gomez, Luis Avilan, Chris Beck, Aaron Bummer, Nate Jones, and Connor Walsh.

Homer Bailey gets the start for the Reds. This spring, the righthander has thrown five innings over two starts, with four strikeouts, and a 1.00 WHIP and 3.60 ERA. In his spring training career, Bailey has pitched 44 games (36 starts) and 133 13 innings, with a 5.47 ERA, 106 strikeouts and a 1.52 WHIP.

In 2017, Bailey started 18 games for the Reds, clocking in with a 6.43 ERA (4.91 FIP), 6-9 record, 67 strikeouts against 42 walks, with a -0.6 WAR. Somehow, in 192 career starts and 1,124 innings pitched in the interleague play era, Bailey has never faced the White Sox.

Tomorrow’s split-squad starters for the White Sox: