Cease (5-3) allowed seven runs (six earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out four across 3.1 innings, taking the loss to the Astros on Thursday. Cease dug the White Sox an early hole, allowing the first three batters he faced to score on a Michael Brantley home run. In addition, he failed to make it through the fourth inning after five of the six batters he faced in the frame reached safely before he was finally relieved. The line from Thursday's start was nearly identical to his June 1 outing against Cleveland, when he took his last loss. The 25-year-old still has strong numbers through 14 starts, with a 3.99 ERA and 11.4 K/9 in 70 innings.
Cease (5-2) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in five innings to earn the win Saturday versus Detroit. The right-hander's lone mistake was a two-run home run allowed to Harold Castro in the first inning. Cease had alternated strong and poor starts in his previous six outings, but he put in a decent effort Saturday. He's pitched to a 3.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 85:29 K:BB across 66.2 innings in 13 starts. The 25-year-old lines up for a road start in Houston next week.
Cease (4-2) allowed five hits and a walk over seven shutout innings Sunday, striking out 10 and earning a win over the Tigers. Coming off his worst outing of the season in Cleveland, Cease bounced back with one of his best performances to date. A handful of Tigers reached scoring position, but the 25-year-old righty escaped every potential threat with relative ease. He lowered his season ERA to 3.36 alongside a 78:27 K:BB through 12 starts. It's a noticeable improvement from his 4.01 ERA and 44:34 K:BB in 12 starts during the 2020 season. Cease is lined up to face Detroit again, this time on the road, next weekend.
Cease will start Sunday's series finale against Detroit, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. The right-hander will be pitching on normal rest Sunday, and the White Sox will elect to start Carlos Rodon on Tuesday to give him additional rest. Across his last three starts, Cease has posted a 7.90 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 13.2 innings.
Cease (3-2) took the loss Tuesday at Cleveland after surrendering six runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 3.1 innings. The 25-year-old needed 94 pitches to record 10 outs, though he did generate 11 swing-and-misses. Cease has a 3.79 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 68:27 K:BB across 55 innings (11 starts) in 2021.
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