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Gamethread: Cleveland at White Sox

Dallas Keuchel steps into his regular turn in place of an ailing Carlos Rodón

Chicago White Sox v Seattle Mariners
Carlos Rodón was scratched with a stomach ailment, so Dallas Keuchel starts on his regular four days’ rest.
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After a heartbreaking loss to Kansas City yesterday, the White Sox (4-5) are back in action tonight. They will be taking on Cleveland (5-3), which has an early lead in a tight AL Central.

Lefthander Carlos Rodón was scratched from his start tonight, suffering from a stomach ailment. Instead, Dallas Keuchel takes the mound, in what would have been his normal turn after pitching last Wednesday in Seattle. Keuchel is off to a slow start (two starts, nine innings, seven earned runs, five walks, and seven strikeouts), but it is still very early. Kid Keuchy will face a Cleveland team with a 107 wRC+ and an average of 4.6 runs per game.

Triston McKenzie, a 23-year-old righthander, will get the start for the visitors. McKenzie, who was drafted 42nd overall in 2015, is off to a strong start in the majors. In 37 major league innings, McKenzie has a 3.16 ERA, 3.89 FIP, and a 3.80 xFIP. As a result, according to FanGraphs, McKenzie has been worth 0.6 WAR, a solid total considering the small sample size. Going up against McKenzie will be a White Sox offense with a 114 wRC+ and an average of 5.7 runs per game.

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

This afternoon, White Sox fans received good news regarding Tim Anderson’s return from his hamstring injury.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CST. NBC Sports Chicago++ will televise the game, and WMVP 1000 AM will have the radio coverage. It is time to put Sunday’s loss in the rearview mirror. Let’s get win No. 5.