White Sox Dylan Cease fails in lopsided loss to Red Sox – NBC Chicago

Dylan Cease wavers in lopsided loss to Red Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Asked on Tuesday whether the White Sox’s recent victory over the Yankees – with all its drama – could ever be considered a turning point in his club’s 2022 season, general manager Rick Hahn joked to reporters that, in baseball , the momentum is only as good as the starting pitcher the next day.

“We have Dylan Cease tonight, so that’s good,” Hahn said hours before the White Sox’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox at the guaranteed-rate field. “We probably have some momentum on our side.”

Unfortunately, on the first pitch — when Red Sox outfielder Kiké Hernandez hit a solo home run to left field — it wasn’t Cease’s night.

The White Sox wonderkid submitted his worst start to an otherwise stellar season on Tuesday, giving up seven runs in three innings of work. It marked Cease’s shortest outing of the campaign and, worse, opened the floodgates for a 16-3 loss that dropped his side’s season record to 21-21.

“If you take starts in your 30s, you’ll get some where your pitch isn’t good,” manager Tony La Russa said of Cease after the game. “He just wasn’t sharp, and they were ready to strike and make him pay.”

Indeed, the Red Sox were. Boston entered the game on a five-game winning streak and looks a far cry from the team against which Cease recorded eight strikeouts while pitching five one-run innings on May 7 at Fenway.

Cease wasn’t ready to make any firm assessments of what was wrong just yet, other than feeling like his curve control was off. He and La Russa also each admitted tipping locations were a possibility.

“I think we’re going to have to take some time to think about it,” Cease said after the game. “They (the Red Sox) made good swings.”

Eight of those swings, in fact, produced exit speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, a staggering number for just three runs of work. Tuesday’s start set a new season high for Cease in runs allowed (7), tied a season high in hits conceded (8) and scored just the second time in nine appearances. The MLB batting leader recorded fewer than eight batters.

He also increased his season ERA from 3.09 to 4.24.

“It takes time,” Cease said when asked how he was going to handle his exit. “I’ll be bowled over tonight, and I’ll just be back ready tomorrow, ready to work on it.”

The next step for Quitting? In all likelihood, another home start Sunday against the Cubs. In this game lies an opportunity to bounce back.

Click here to follow the White Sox Talk podcast.

To download

Download MyTeams today!

Lance B. Holton