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Gamethread: Toronto Blue Jays at White Sox (nightcap)

The 29-year-old rookie, Jesse Scholtens, gets the ball

Jesse Scholtens makes his second start of the season.
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Melissa Sage-Bollenbach is a die-hard White Sox fan and Mom of two incredible kids! She also has a Cubby hubby, but it’s OK because he likes the Sox. She went to the first Field of Dreams game, and it was the best baseball experience she's ever had!

The first game of the doubleheader was definitely a big-time bummer. It was a beautifully-pitched contest through the first 10 innings, and then, well, Aaron Bummer came in to blow another game and inflate his ERA to 7.85. Saying this season has been a disappointment is an understatement. It’s been absolutely dreadful.

Jesse Scholtens gets the nod in the nightcap with a spot-start. The Chicago White Sox signed Scholtens to a minor-league contract last December. He’s spent most of 2023 at Triple-A Charlotte, but made one start with the big league club on May 27 when he pitched 4 2⁄3 innings, gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout, and earned a no-decision. The rookie also has appeared nine times out of the bullpen and has an overall record of 1-2 with a 2.96 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 27 1⁄3 innings. The righty has never faced the Blue Jays or any players currently playing for Toronto, so that could bode well for the South Siders. The Jays can expect to see a four-pitch mix from Scholtens: slider (44.4%), 4-seam fastball (41.3%), curveball (11.8%), and changeup (2.4%).

Jesse Scholtens’ pitch mix
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Opposite Scholtens, the Toronto Blue Jays will send Yusei Kikuchi to the bump. The 32-year-old is in his second season with Toronto. Kikuchi has performed well over his last four outings, surrendering only five runs on 14 hits in 22 2⁄3 innings. Overall, in his 17 games in 2023, he’s 7-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 88 1⁄3 innings. He has faced the Sox four times throughout his career, and he’s 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA. Earlier this season, in April, he shut out the Pale Hose and gave up only four hits and one walk in 5 1⁄3 innings. Tim Anderson has been the most successful off of him, going 3-for-8, while Andrew Benintendi and Elvis Andrus have struggled the most, combining for only four hits and two walks in 27 at-bats. The lefty relies on four pitches: 4-seam fastball (43.3%), slider (26.2%), curveball (16.2%), and changeup (14.3%). He’s averaged 95.3 mph on his fastball this season, which puts him in the league’s 78th percentile. If the South Siders can get a hold of some of those 4-seamers, they could generate some fireworks.

Yusei Kikuchi’s pitch mix
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Here is the starting lineup for the White Sox:

Here is the starting lineup for the Blue Jays:

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