Tim Anderson is receiving another day off, and if recent games are any indication, it could be another long night at the plate for the White Sox (72-54). However, he is expected to return tomorrow against the Blue Jays (65-58).
#WhiteSox with and without Tim Anderson this year:— Slavko Bekovic (@SBekovic) August 24, 2021
With: 61-43 (.587), 5.2 runs/gm
Without: 11-11 (.500), 3.5 runs/gm
In the midst of a three-game losing streak, the South Siders turn to Dylan Cease (4.06 ERA/3.58 FIP) to try to keep a potent Toronto lineup in check. Cease hasn’t given up more than three earned runs in any of his last eight starts, as he’s amassed a 3.92 ERA, 59 strikeouts and 16 walks in 43 2/3 innings. That includes a pair of solid outings against the Yankees (5 IP, 3 ER) and A’s (6 IP/3 ER), which is a good sign for a young pitcher who struggled against winning teams earlier in the year. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays have scored more than two runs against the White Sox in one of four games this year.
On the mound for Toronto is a familiar face in trade deadline acquisition José Berríos (3.52 ERA/3.67 FIP). The move up north hasn’t slowed him down, as he has a 3.80 ERA (4.15 FIP) and 19-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in four starts. That said, Berríos has stumbled at times in his past two starts, allowing nine runs (eight earned) in 9 1/3 innings. In three starts against the White Sox, he has given up 11 runs (nine earned) in 18 innings, with the good guys winning all three of his starts. Of course, Toronto is a much better team than Minnesota, though.
Here are the lineups:
Leury García returns to the lineup, with reliever Ryan Burr being optioned back to Triple-A to make room.
The first pitch is scheduled to take place at 6:07 p.m. Central. As usual, NBC Sports Chicago will televise it, and WMVP 1000 AM will have the radio coverage.