Happy Sunday once again! Next Sunday will be the last before the regular season starts, if that makes anyone else excited.
Things seem to be looking up for the White Sox, except for the fact that our possible spring training MVP so far, Adam Engel, strained his hamstring towards the end of a blowout game yesterday and will be out for a couple of weeks. Other than that, the White Sox seem to be evening out their lopsided record, grabbing the win yesterday against Cleveland to help that case. There was a display of offensive power, and even a diving play by Eloy Jiménez, so it must have been a good day.
Today the team takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale, and we have Carlos Rodón on the mound to start. Based on his performance in spring thus far, there are high hopes for Rodón to get that fifth spot in the starting rotation. Rodón was solid in his first start against the Padres, and had four strikeouts in his three-inning outing. He also has been scoreless in the two relief innings he pitched against the Reds, leaving him to a 0.00 ERA and 0.60 WHIP overall.
Here is the full lineup:
Well, it’s not the most explosive lineup but it’s something. Adam Eaton will lead it off while Nick Madrigal is starting to get more consistent starts at second base and will hit second. Leury García will hit in the three spot, as he gets a trial in center field to see how hampered the White Sox will be without Engel at the start of the season. García is followed by Andrew Vaughn getting the start at first base today. Both Yermín Mercedes and Zack Collins will be in the lineup, with Mercedes testing the DH spot and Collins looking to continue to improve his case for the backup catcher spot.
Today's #Dbacks lineup vs. the White Sox (on @FOXSPORTSAZ):@DPFreightTrain6 | LF@ketel_marte4 | CF— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 21, 2021
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RHP Taylor Clarke will be the starter for the 7-10 Diamondbacks, who has had a bit of a rough spring. Clarke has allowed 11 hits in eight innings throughout his three appearances, and currently holds a 3.38 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.
Game time will be at 3:10 p.m. CT, and you can watch it for yourself on MLB Network.