After taking two out of three in Kansas City, the White Sox (31-33) look to keep their momentum as they return home to face the Nationals (30-35). In Washington D.C., the Nationals completed a short, two-game sweep over the White Sox last week. This will be the first of another two-game series against Washington, as the White Sox look for revenge.
Aníbal Sánchez, 35, will pitch for the Nationals. Sánchez is in his 14th season in the majors and has a 4.19 ERA, 4.30 FIP, and 4.89 xFIP in 2019. Perhaps his largest statistical weakness this season has been his walk rate, which stands at 4.53 BB/9. He is likely to walk a few tonight, and a key to tonight’s game will be whether or not the Sox can make him pay.
Eloy Jiménez is starting to heat up, as he drilled two home runs over the weekend against the Royals. Yoán Moncada also had an excellent series in Kansas City, going 7-for-14 with a double. Moncada went 4-for-5 on Sunday, which marked the second time in his young career he has gotten four hits in a game.
The White Sox announced a roster update this afternoon.
Fry has been having a rough season (5.79 ERA, 4.82 FIP, 4.13 xFIP), but he was one of the White Sox’s best stories last year. We wish him a speedy recovery from his shoulder injury.
The Despaigne promotion is controversial simply because it was someone besides Dylan Cease who was promoted. However, other than Cease, Despaigne was probably the most deserving of a promotion, at least based on performance in Charlotte. Despaigne will get the start tonight for his first major league appearance of the season. In 2018, he pitched 39 innings in the majors. He had an ugly 6.69 ERA, but his advanced peripherals (4.31 FIP, 4.46 xFIP) were much more favorable.
Nicky Delmonico, one of the few pleasant surprises of the 2017 season, is no longer in the organization. He slashed .262/.373/.482 in 43 games in 2017, but his stock has fallen. Delmonico has slashed just .213/.290/.357 in 109 MLB games since then. He was cut, interestingly enough, as he recovers from shoulder surgery. We wish him the best of luck in the future.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
The game will start at 7:10 CST, and it will be televised on WGN. It will be audible on WGN 720.