Happy Chris Sale Jersey Destruction Day, to those who celebrate.
The White Sox are back from their day off and visiting our neighbors to the north, the Brewers. Pop in your car for the two-hour drive, go tailgating, and root for the away team. Both the Brewers and the White Sox are at the top of their divisions, so it’s safe to say this is looking to be a fun weekend. Stay away from Bernie, though. I hear he eats kids.
The White Sox are coming off a painful loss to the Twins on Wednesday, so a bounce-back tonight would be nice. The Brewers are coming in after losing two in a row to the Royals, which is even more gross.
Lucas Giolito is facing off against Freddy Peralta. Peralta is 2-2 through his last seven starts, going 41 1⁄3 while posting a 2.40 ERA and striking out 52, walking 20, and giving up 16 hits. He’s never faced the White Sox as a starter, so tonight should be interesting. Giolito is 3-1 in his last seven starts, going 43 1⁄3 innings while posting a 3.95 ERA and striking out 46, allowing 38 hits, and walking nine. He won his only career start in Milwaukee, back in August 2020, going six innings while giving up four hits, two earned runs, and striking out nine.
Some Brewers math for the series:
- Record against RHP: 46-31
- Old friend Avisaíl García is leading Milwaukee in HR (17), AVG (.257), and RBIs (57).
- Old enemy Lorenzo Cain is on the 10-day IL, so we will not being seeing him this series.
- Brewers offense: team average (.223), HR (114), and OBP (.314)
Here’s some lineups:
José Abreu is hitting .324/.377/.647 (22-68) with five doubles, five homers, 21 RBI and a 1.024 OPS in 17 July games.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 23, 2021
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All-Star Freddy takes the mound as we begin this showdown of 1st-place teams.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 23, 2021
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Game is on NBCSports Chicago for locals, MLB.TV for non-locals, and ESPN 1000 for you old-schoolers. Come back after the game to see how the recap shakes out. Will it be a “I watched, so you don’t have to,” or will we all be celebrating?
Who knows? Let’s find out!