The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and the weather is a fabulous 82 degrees for game time. Yesterday’s storm is gone, so it’s time for the Chicago White Sox to get right back on track after losing to an offensive burst from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Before the game, the White Sox made a big announcement:
Carlos Rodón successfully underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. He is expected to return during the second half of the 2020 season.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 18, 2019
It’s tough to hear, but Carlos Rodón should come back stronger. Hopefully, this is the last time Carlos is on the shelf before his long term White Sox success.
For today’s focus, Lucas Giolito symoblizes the hope that the Sox need. The ace of the staff has an impressive 4-1 record and a 3.55 ERA. Six days ago, he faced this Jays squad; he went seven innings, gave up one run, and struck out a season-tying high of eight batters. The Sox won 5-1 and aim to do the same today.
This squad is responsible for getting it done. Tim Anderson moves to second in the order, James McCann is back in the clean-up spot, and Yonder Alonso slides down to the sixth spot.
The Good Guys will be facing a fresh Blue Jays face; before the game, the Jays made the following move:
Ryan Feierabend’s last major league appearance was in 2014 with the Texas Rangers. His lifetime record is 2-11 and a 7.15 ERA. He has a -1.4 WAR. Although he has not pitched for five years and his career numbers are not incredible, he shouldn’t be underestimated. He’s a major league pitcher, and he has to have a great outing today to prove that he is here to stay.
In order to make that dream possible, his teammates will lineup as follows and will try to repeat their last night’s performance:
Luke Maile is back in the lineup after a late scratch yesterday, Billy McKinney moves to the leadoff spot, and Richard Ureña joins the lineup at the eighth spot.
Giolito is 0-1 at home, and that serves as enough motivation to even his record and lift the Sox to a 21-23 record. The South Siders plan to bring their own offensive field day; the weather is partly cloudy with a chance of bat flips.
NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast the game, and WGN-AM will have it on radio for the 1:10 CT start.