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Gamethread: White Sox at Cleveland

South Siders look to take the five-game series

Chicago White Sox v Texas Rangers
Lucas Giolito takes the mound today as he looks for his 1th win of the season.
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Happy Sunday, White Sox fans! Today, the American League Central Division champion Chicago White Sox (87-68) will play their fifth and final game in Cleveland (76-78), as they look to bounce back from their shut out last night. As the end of the regular season approaches, each starter will get to see the mound for some of the last times before the playoffs. Today, we will see Lucas Giolito against Triston McKenzie.

Prior to the game today, Brian Goodwin was placed on the IL, as Matt Foster comes up as an extra bullpen arm.

Giolito is looking for his 11th win of the season, as he currently has a 3.70 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. His last outing against the Texas Rangers was short, as he pitched 5 13 innings, but he only allowed six hits and one run, while striking out four batters. Giolito still has a fastball as his main pitch, but has incorporated his changeup, slider, and curveball more as the year has gone on.

McKenzie is an up-and-coming star for Cleveland in their starting rotation, as he has a 5-7 record, 4.67 ERA, and 1.11 WHIP. His last outing was not his best, against the Kansas City Royals, as he went just 4 13 innings pitched with nine hits, seven runs, and just four strikeouts. He throws he a fastball 61.7% of the time, followed by his slider (18.8%), curveball (18.1%), and changeup (1.4%). The South Siders are looking to take advantage of his recent weak outing and produce some runs after being shut out last night.

Tim Anderson will lead it off, followed by Leury García playing second today as Cesár Hernández gets the day off. José Abreu will take his routine Sunday DH role, with Yasmani Grandal is at catcher. Eloy Jiménez and Yoán Moncada will be on the field, followed by Gavin Sheets getting the day at first base. Andrew Vaughn and Billy Hamilton will close it out in the outfield.

Game time is at 12:10 p.m. CT, and we’re back on NBCSCHI. Listen in at ESPN 1000 as well.