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Gamethread: Blue Jays at White Sox

Lance Lynn puts his 1.23 ERA on the line against Toronto

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Strong start: Starter Lance Lynn puts his astounding 1.23 ERA on the line against a strong lineup tonight.
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After a thrilling victory that included a five-run eighth inning, the White Sox look to keep the good times rolling against the Blue Jays. The South Siders enter with a 37-23 record and a four-game lead in the AL Central. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 30-28, seven games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Lance Lynn, who is off to an outstanding start, will start for the White Sox. Lynn enters with a 1.23 ERA and a 2.64 xERA in 58 23 innings. When the White Sox traded for Lynn last offseason, few could have seen him doing quite this well in 2021. But, in terms of value, his 1.7 fWAR puts him among the league’s top pitchers.

Lynn will be facing rookie Alek Manoah, who was drafted 11th overall in 2019 and has only pitched 9 13 major league innings. Manoah, a 23-year-old righthander, has a 3.86 ERA and a 4.51 xERA, though the sample size is very small. On a scale of 20-80, MLB Pipeline gives Manoah a 60 rating for his fastball and a 55 rating for his slider. So far, Manoah is a four-pitch pitcher, using the fastball (39% of his pitches), slider (26%), sinker (23%), and changeup (12%).

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Marcus Semien leads off for the Blue Jays, and he has quite the track record against Lynn. In 21 plate appearances, Semien is slashing .421/.476/.737 against him. Hopefully, that trend will not continue tonight.

The White Sox made the following announcement about stadium capacity this afternoon:

Given how the 2021 season is shaping up, the buzz in the stadium should be noticeably livelier down the stretch.

The first pitch is set to take place at 7:10 p.m. CST, and NBC Sports Chicago will televise the game. WMVP 1000 AM and WRTO 1200 AM will have the radio coverage. The White Sox have won four of their last five, so let’s hope the hot streak continues tonight. With the undefeated Chrystal O’Keefe on the Six Pack of Stats, our chances are good.