Cease (3-6) struck out nine and picked up the win in Friday's 8-3 victory over the Rangers, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over six innings.
It looked like the rookie was in for another shaky performance when Willie Calhoun blasted a three-run homer in the first inning, but Cease shook it off and shut Texas down after that, eventually setting a new career high in strikeouts while delivering his second quality start in nine trips to the mound in the majors. The right-hander will carry a 5.76 ERA and 50:22 K:BB through 50 innings into his next outing Thursday, at home against the Twins.
Cease (2-6) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings Sunday, striking out six batters and taking the loss against the Angels.
Most of the damage against Cease came via the long ball with Matt Thaiss and Kole Calhoun both taking him deep. The rookie right-hander had allowed just four runs in his previous two starts, but Sunday's outing bumped his ERA to 5.93 in his first 44 MLB innings. Cease will get a home start against Texas on Friday.
Cease (2-5) allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts across six innings while taking a loss against the Astros in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
The final two runs charged to Cease came via wild pitches, one of which occurring after Cease had departed, so they were both unearned, but he's not completely free of blame because each runner who scored on those wild pitches reached via base on balls. Cease has struggled with walks all season, but five free passes set a new season high. Cease owns a 5.54 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 35 strikeouts with 20 walks in 39 innings this season. He will take the mound next at the Angels on Sunday.
Cease won't make his scheduled start Monday against the Astros, as the game as been postponed due to inclement weather.
Following Monday's postponement, the White Sox have announced that Cease will take the hill for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Ivan Nova is set to pitch the nightcap.
Cease (2-4) allowed two runs on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts across five innings while earning a victory in game one of a doubleheader against the Tigers on Tuesday.
This was his best outing of the year, and because of his small sample, Cease lowered his ERA almost half a run. That's the good news, but the bad news is it still sits at 6.00. While he's won two games, he's also lost four in six outings and owns a 1.55 WHIP, .275 batting average against and 33 strikeouts in 33 innings this season. Cease is scheduled to pitch again Monday at home against the Astros.
Cease (1-4) took the loss against the Mets on Thursday, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking two as the White Sox fell 4-0.
Cease pitched well in this contest, but he wound up getting saddled with his fourth straight loss as his offense was shut out by Zack Wheeler. The rookie right-hander has managed to reach the five-inning threshold in each of his five starts, but he's given up 19 earned runs over his 28 innings, leaving him with a lackluster 6.11 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.
Cease was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out four over five innings against the Twins on Friday.
Cease had one bad inning for a second straight start. Five days after the rookie allowed four runs to the Rays in the second inning, he allowed five runs to the Twins in the same inning. And just like the Rays, Cease shut down the Twins for the next three innings. Command has been a common thread for Cease, who has walked 12 and ceded 22 hits over 21 innings. The right-hander will look for better results in his next start Thursday at home against the Mets.
Cease (1-2) took the loss after surrendering four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings Sunday against the Rays.
Cease's biggest mistake of the day came in the second inning, as he allowed a grand slam to Travis d'Arnaud, and he'd later exit the contest facing a four-run deficit. The 23-year-old right-hander has now been saddled with back-to-back losses after picking up his first win of the season July 3 against Detroit. He'll aim to get back in the win column in his next start, which lines up for Friday against the Twins.
Cease (1-1) allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk across six innings while taking a loss against the Royals on Tuesday.
The Royals scored two unearned runs in the first, and that's all they would need to hand Cease the loss. He displayed better control in this outing than in his first major-league start, but working more in the zone resulted in eight hits allowed. In two major-league starts, Cease owns a 5.73 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 11 innings. Assuming he stays in the rotation, Cease will take face the Rays on Sunday.
Cease is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Royals.
After winning his big-league debut July 3, Cease will have to wait nearly two weeks for his follow-up effort. Due to the recent All-Star break, the White Sox were able to reshuffle their rotation and pushed Cease to the back of the pitching order, likely in an effort to manage his workload. Between Triple-A Charlotte and the majors, Cease has covered 73.1 innings this season. No shutdown for the right-hander should be imminent after he tossed 124 frames in the minors in 2018.
Cease (1-0) recorded six strikeouts and allowed three runs on four hits and four walks across five innings while earning a victory against the Tigers during the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday.
The right-hander received his first taste of the big leagues as part of the first half of a doubleheader. While he struggled a bit with control, Cease received plenty of run support, and he lasted the minimum five innings to earn the win. Cease was added as the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader Wednesday, but he is expected to remain in the rotation after the All-Star break.
The White Sox officially recalled Cease from Triple-A Charlotte ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday in the first game of the team's doubleheader with the Tigers.
Cease is designated as the White Sox's 26th man for the twin bill, though James Fegan of The Athletic relays that the prized right-hander is expected to remain in Chicago's rotation after the All-Star break. The 23-year-old has shown premium strikeout stuff at every rung of the minors, but occasionally shaky command and control has often resulted in some elevated WHIPs. Cease posted a 4.48 ERA and 73:32 K:BB and gave up four home runs over 68.1 innings at Charlotte before earning his first call to the majors.
The White Sox will call up Cease from Triple-A Charlotte to start the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with the Tigers.
The organization's top healthy pitching prospect, Cease will receive his first taste of the big leagues with the White Sox in need of reinforcement to its injury-battered rotation. While Cease will likely serve as the 26th man for the twin bill, he'll likely stick in the big-league rotation after the All-Star break if he can merely avoid a blowup outing versus Detroit. Over 68.1 innings in the International League this season, Cease has posted a 4.48 ERA (3.26 FIP) and 1.57 WHIP, but he's notched 73 strikeouts and has surrendered only four home runs.
Cease is "awful close" to being promoted to the majors, per general manager Rick Hahn, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
This lines up with Hahn's comments regarding Cease from a couple weeks ago, and now it sounds like it could be days, not weeks, before Cease is making his MLB debut. He has a 4.62 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 68:29 K:BB in 64.1 innings at Triple-A, so he will probably have some hiccups initially in the majors, but he has a high ceiling long term if he can improve his command/control.
General manager Rick Hahn said Monday that the White Sox won't "rush" Cease to the big leagues, but noted the right-hander is "not too far away" from receiving a promotion from Triple-A Charlotte, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Service-time concerns are probably the main reason why Cease has yet to make his MLB debut, as the White Sox have already lost a key rotation piece in Carlos Rodon (elbow) for the season and own the sixth-worst starters' ERA (5.36 ERA) in baseball, despite Lucas Giolito's emergence as a bona fide ace. Cease has stumbled a bit over his last few turns at Triple-A, but his 4.10 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 59:22 K:BB in 52.2 innings are still largely impressive after factoring in the enhanced power environment in the International League this season. Before giving Cease a long-awaited promotion, the White Sox may want to see him bounce back from his worst outing of the season Sunday, when he failed to escape the first inning while yielding two hits and three walks.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Cease could be up in the majors around the All-Star break, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
When asked about using Cease in a spot start to replace Manny Banuelos earlier this week, Hahn expressed patience with the talented right-hander. "Putting yourself in position to win one specific game at the expense of the longer-term development of a player you feel has a chance to be a premium guy doesn't make a lot of sense to us right now," said the general manager. Cease won his most recent start Thursday, allowing one run while striking out seven in six innings, the third start in the last four he's lasted six innings. The 23-year-old is 4-1 with a 3.38 ERA over 40 innings at Triple-A Charlotte. "Dylan is doing a real nice job building in Triple-A, and you've seen how offensive Triple-A has become - it makes what he's done there more impressive," Hahn added.
The White Sox will not call up Cease as a replacement for the injured Carlos Rodon (elbow), Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The White Sox will have Dylan Covey fill Rodon's spot in the rotation for now and may consider options outside the organization, but the club does not want to rush its top-ranked pitching prospect. Cease is 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 30:7 K:BB over five starts spanning 24.1 innings at Triple-A Charlotte.
Cease limited Triple-A Gwinnett to two runs over six innings while striking out a career-high 11 for Charlotte in a 4-2 loss Tuesday. He gave up five hits and one walk in the outing.
Cease opened the campaign with back-to-back starts of five shutout innings, but had been charged with 11 runs (seven earned) over his subsequent two turns. The right-hander ended the rough spell with a brilliant showing Tuesday, which included three perfect innings to lead off the start. The White Sox will probably want to see Cease string together a few more quality performances in a row before giving him his first big-league callup at some point this summer.
Cease (2-0) allowed two hits and one walk while striking out four over five scoreless innings for Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday against Indianapolis.
Cease's transition to Triple-A ball has been smooth. The right-hander has struck out nine and walked one over 10 scoreless innings.
Cease was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
This was inevitable, as Cease only logged 52.1 innings at Double-A and zero innings at Triple-A. He is Chicago's best healthy pitching prospect, and is expected to debut in the majors sometime this summer if he stays healthy.
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