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:
Adam Eaton's nine leadoff homers are tied with Tim Raines for the second-most in club history. Tonight's #WhiteSox starters, presented by @Wintrust.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 12, 2021
⏰: 7:10 p.m. CT
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This afternoon, White Sox fans received good news regarding Tim Anderson’s return from his hamstring injury.
Tony La Russa said the team's expectation is Tim Anderson will start the game Thursday afternoon against Cleveland.— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 12, 2021
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.