White Sox and Guardians finally ready to play after weather reports – NBC Chicago

The White Sox and Guardians are finally ready to play originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona is aware of what’s on deck for his team after Mother Nature provided an unexpected break in her schedule.

After the bad weather, the Guardians kept and visited Chicago White Sox Off the field on Monday and Tuesday, the American League Central rivals are expected to encounter better playing conditions for their doubleheader on Wednesday.

“It’s going to be tough. We’re going to have 27 rounds potentially in 27 hours, which isn’t perfect,” Francona said Tuesday. “But if you’re supposed to play, you play. If you’re not, you don’t. I think everyone came to the same conclusion.”

White Sox manager Tony La Russa agreed it was a smart decision not to play on Tuesday.

“And the pitch was, in places you can see, the grass is a little precarious and as it’s getting colder with the wind here, it’s going to get slippery as hell, it’s going to be a little dangerous,” he said. La Russa told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Terry and I agreed, it’s not smart and the referee agreed.”

While Monday’s postponed game will be composed in a split doubleheader on July 12, Tuesday’s tilt resulted in a traditional double bill on Wednesday.

Cleveland right-hander Shane Bieber (0-0, 2.70 ERA) will face Chicago left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 5.40) in a battle of former AL Cy Young Award winners. Right-handers Triston McKenzie (0-1, 2.57) of the Guardians and Jimmy Lambert (0-1, 6.00) of the White Sox will tangle in the nightcap.

Bieber, 26, allowed just a pair of hits in each of his two outings this season, but three walks led to a high pitch count in a no-decision decision in Cincinnati last week.

He is 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA in 12 career starts against the White Sox.

Keuchel, 34, allowed three runs on six hits in five innings to earn Chicago a 6-4 win over Seattle last Wednesday. He’s 4-2 lifetime against the Guardians with a 3.53 ERA in 12 games (11 starts).

The Cleveland Bats have cooled considerably after busting for 44 runs during a four-game winning streak. The team responded with just four points in their three-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants.

The Guardians went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and ran out six on base in Sunday’s 8-1 bombardment of San Francisco.

McKenzie, 24, scattered three hits and struck out six over four scoreless innings in a no-decision game against the Reds last Wednesday. He is 0-2 with a 10.07 ERA in six career appearances (five starts) against the White Sox.

Lambert, 27, will seek atonement after giving up two runs on as many hits in three innings of a 5-1 loss to the Mariners. He’s 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against the Guardians.

When it comes to the offensive side, Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu ranks among the club’s all-time leaders in home runs (third with 229), slugging percentage (sixth with .514) and slugging percentage. extra hits (fifth with 510). He hit a two-run homer in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Abreu is one of three players in White Sox history to record five seasons or more than 30 homers/100 RBI, joining Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (eight) and Paul Konerko (five). His 304 RBIs since the start of the 2019 season lead the major leagues.

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Lance B. Holton