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Gamethread: Cleveland at White Sox

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The players left in Chicago who aren’t getting elbow or Tommy John surgery will be lacing ’em up in a repeat of last Wednesday’s pitching matchup

Boston Red Sox v Chicago White Sox
Rinse, repeat: Reynaldo López is on the bump and looking to to induce more swings-and-misses.
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A little déjà vu this Monday night, as it was just last Wednesday when Reynaldo López and Shane Bieber squared off against each other. Last Wednesday, both threw quality starts, but they were far from sharp. Though Bieber was able to get some whiffs, he allowed nine batters to reach base in just 6 13 innings, including one big bop, a homer by José Abreu. Meanwhile, López barely got through six innings, with only two strikeouts and 10 batters on base, in a game that ended as a 5-3 win for Cleveland.

López’s fastball did not record a single swing-and-miss per Baseball Savant, and since his 14-strikeout game, López’s swings-and-misses have taken a nose dive.

Reynaldo’s swing and miss rate on his three pitches in 2019.
Baseball Savant

When the fastball and slider are not doing their job, it is tough to be successful, but somehow López was good enough last time out.


[cue grave, worrisome soundtrack]

Bad News


[cue happy acoustic guitar, strumming our worries away]

Good News


Lineups

Wow, a whole new outfield in just a six weeks for the White Sox. On April 1 (the home opener) the outfield left to right was Eloy Jimenez, Adam Engel and Daniel Palka. It is now Nicky Delmonico, Charlie Tilson and Ryan Cordell.

Gametime: 7:10 p.m. CT, TV: NBCSCH, Radio: WGN 720