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Gamethread: Cleveland at White Sox

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The South Siders look to win the weekend series against Cleveland

Chicago White Sox v Milwaukee Brewers
If Looks Could Kill: Matt Foster aims to do well in his first career MLB start.
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For today’s afternoon affair, the Chicago White Sox will play Cleveland in game two of this three-game set. The pitching and defense were all there in yesterday’s win for the Good Guys. Keep that up and add a few more bats, and this game will be even more fun. Regardless, all wins are fun; the games just have to be won.

Before today’s game, there is a bit of news to digest:

Aaron Bummer is officially placed on the IL after leaving last night’s game with left biceps soreness; he should be back soon. For the good news, Zack Burdi has an opportunity to make his MLB debut this weekend.

In the meantime, Matt Foster will make his first career start for the big leagues. After dazzling in three relief appearances, he transitions to the bump at the start. He holds a 0.00 ERA in 3 23 innings pitched. With six strikeouts and a 0.82 WHIP, Foster also holds a 1-0 record.

Cleveland, on the other hand, is sending out Zach Plesac. In his recent start against the Sox, Plesac pitched eight shutout innings. However, the Sox went on to put up a four-spot in the ninth to win the game, 4-0. How about the South Siders get to Plesac early in this game?

These will be the guys to get that job done:

Eloy Jiménez takes over the second spot in the lineup as the DH. Yoán Moncada will lead off, and Luis Robert slides down to the sixth spot.

Cleveland will look to their offense to start making some noise:

Times will be a bit reversed for the rest of the weekend, but it’s in the best way possible. Today’s game will be aired on NBC Sports Chicago at 1:10 p.m. CT; tomorrow, the South Siders reach the big stage on ESPN’s Sunday night game at 6:08 p.m. CT. ESPN gives notice to the Sox for the first time since 2013, and the Sunday ‘83 unis will be on full display as well. Let’s go into tomorrow on a two-game win streak!