Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels
First pitch: 1:07 p.m. PT
Probable pitchers: Dylan Cease (2-5, 5.54 ERA) vs. Griffin Canning (4-6, 4.86 ERA)
Here’s the main item concerning both of these youngsters set to toe the rubber today in this series finale: they’re a lot better than their current stat line and both possess high ceilings in the years ahead.
But as for the present day, the two starters appear to be trending in the right direction as of late and climbing toward that aforementioned potential.
Cease especially looks to have settled in, pitching the White Sox into the sixth inning or deeper in all seven of his major league starts. His last assignment was notable, as not only was it a fine outing against a tough Houston Astros lineup, Cease also notched his first career quality start.
The strikeouts are getting there as well after the 23-year-old recorded a whopping 13.41 K/9 last year at Double-A Birmingham and 9.61 K/BB earlier this season with Triple-A Charlotte. In four of his starts with Chicago, Cease has punched out at least six.
Meanwhile, despite not having much of a pedigree as a strikeout artist, Canning has impressively been racking up the K’s since first arriving on the scene at the end of April. The 2017 second-round draft pick has struck out 88 batters in 83.1 innings, and with the White Sox being third in the league in strikeouts per game (9.5), this could be an opportune matchup for the Halos righty.
Canning has been a little inconsistent throughout the last month-and-change but an injury that briefly sidelined him likely played a role in that. Prior to July, Canning carried an admirable 3.79 ERA and 0.99 WHIP through 11 starts, eight of which he yielded three runs or fewer in.
Being healthy again now, I believe Canning can get back closer to that form. And seeing as this is your typical Sunday getaway day game after a night game, look for some regulars to be absent from the starting lineup, thus aiding our efforts in attaining a low-scoring contest. Play: UNDER 9.5 (-120)
Yesterday’s Result: Astros-Athletics Under 10.5 (loss)
Zylbert’s 2019 MLB Over/Under Betting Record*: 67-60-10, -0.35 unit
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit