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Gamethread: Yankees at White Sox

The Sox are one game under .500, and the right man is on the mound to accomplish that mission

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
Man on a mission: Lucas Giolito will lead the Boys in Black in a hopeful evening-of-the-overall-record baseball game.
Peter G. Aiken

After an exciting finish to last night’s ballgame, the Chicago White Sox are (again) one game under the .500 mark. To the New York Yankees, it may not seem like a big deal, but for your Boys in Black, this feat is a sign of the future. Janice Scurio was fantastic in her SSS debut, the rebuild is working, and 2020 looks bright. I hope that you all have your sunglasses on hand; you’re going to need them.

Before I get too ahead of myself, we must earn that 34-34 record. The early Cy Young Award candidate, Lucas Giolito, is ready to make it happen. G-elite-o owns an outstanding 9-1 record and a remarkable 2.28 ERA. With a 2.9 WAR, Luc-ace is having, by far, a career season, and we all know that Laura is here for it (as are we)!

In an earlier outing against the Yankess, Gio only pitched five innings. He gave up six runs (four earned) and four walks. He did earn the win for that ballgame, but his performance was drismal. But, as we are very well aware, that was April 12 Lucas. We have June 14 Giolito taking the mound tonight, so look for a nice revenge game.

The Yankees will have future Hall-of-Famer C.C. Sabathia on the bump. Sabathia is 249-156 lifetime with a 3.70 ERA. This season, his numbers contain a 3-3 record and a 3.96 ERA. He owns a 0.7 WAR this season, so the South Siders can get to him.

The Sox’s batters will also play in a revenge game. On April 13, Sabathia one-hit the Good Guys through five innings. It was their only loss in the three-game series in The Bronx. The boys will line up as follows for their payback:

James McCann has solidified his spot in the cleanup position with Eloy Jiménez right behind him. Yonder Alonso sits out once more, Welington Castillo will occupy the DH role, and José Rondón is starting at third base for the second day in a row. Yoán Moncada is still nursing his strained back, so I hope it doesn’t turn into anything too serious for the future All-Star.

As for the Chicago Cubs of New York, the Yankees will put these guys out in tonight’s game:

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are on their Triple-A rehab stints, but the Yankess still have a lethal lineup. It will be a good challenge for Giolito, and I’m sure that he is beyond ready for it.

Tonight’s game is a 7:10 CT start. NBC Sports Chicago has your broadcast, and WGN-AM has your ears for the radio. It’s an exciting game for the South Siders, so be sure to grab some snacks for a possible season-changing baseball game!