The Toronto Blue Jays have been a good team this season as they are second in the AL East with a 38-28 record thus far. Righty Kevin Gausman will get the start as he is coming off a loss against the Baltimore Orioles where he went 2.1 innings and allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. The Chicago White Sox still have not done enough to get going as they are third in the AL Central with a 31-33 record up to this point. Right-hander Dylan Cease and is coming off a win over the Detroit Tigers where he threw five innings and gave up a run on. First pitch is scheduled for 810pm EST.
Toronto: Kevin Gausman (RHP) 5-6, 3.21 ERA
Chicago: Dylan Cease (RHP) 5-3, 2.91 ERA
Pitching Needs to Replicate The OffenseThe Toronto Blue Jays have been one of the best offensive teams in the majors as they are currently third in the sport with a .752 team OPS while scoring 4.56 runs per game thus far. First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr has been doing well at the plate as he has an .865 OPS with 17 home runs and 41 RBI so far. He has been clicking in his previous seven games as he is 11-for-27 with three homers, seven RBI, and seven runs scored in that stretch. The Jays dropped the opener, 8-7 after spotting the White Sox an 8-2 lead.
Kevin Gausman has been doing decently well up to this point according to his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 99th percentile in chase rate, 96th percentile in walk percentage, 76th percentile in whiff percentage, and 72nd percentile in strikeout percentage. Gausman throws four different pitches (fastball, splitter, slider, changeup) and his splitter has been doing incredibly well as hitters are hitting .159 against it with 54 strikeouts. He faced the White Sox once already this season and won as he lasted five innings and allowed three runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Calm Down About the ManagerThe Chicago White Sox have been struggling this season as they are 22nd in the majors with a .684 team OPS while averaging 4.17 runs per game thus far. First baseman Jose Abreu has been leading the offense for Chicago as he has an .802 OPS with nine homers and 32 RBI. He has been clicking in his last 30 games as he has a .333/.449/.579 slash line with six homers and 20 RBI while drawing 22 walks and 19 strikeouts in that span. Last night, Lance Lynn won his first start of the season and Andrew Vaughn went 4-for-4 with 2 singles, a double and a home run in the 8-7 win.
It's good to be home. 🏡 pic.twitter.com/wRcgut3sxY— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 21, 2022
Dylan Cease has been pitching very well this season according to his Baseball Savant page as he is in the 93rd percentile in strikeout percentage, 93rd percentile in xBA, 92nd percentile in whiff percentage, and 87th percentile in xSLG. Cease has a five-pitch arsenal (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup, sinker) and his changeup has been hit the most as it has a .444 batting average and a .722 slugging percentage. He faced the Blue Jays once last season and won as he went seven innings and gave up a run on four hits with a walk and seven strikeouts.
- Chicago: 2-5 in their last 7 games vs AL East
- Chicago: 2-5 in their last 7 home games vs a team with a winning record
- Toronto: 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs RHP
- Toronto: 9-2 in their last 11 road games