Cease (5-4) allowed five runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings in a loss to the Cubs on Friday.
Cease had walked 12 batters in his last two starts (7.2 innings) entering Friday's game. He was able to cut down on the free passes in his regular-season finale, but Cease probably got too much of the strike zone as the Cubs teed off for homers in the second, third and fourth innings. The 24-year-old is in a bad way right now, though he could still be a weapon for the team during the postseason working in shorter spurts out of the bullpen.
Cease (5-3) allowed three runs on seven walks over three hitless innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday. He struck out five.
Cease was effectively wild through three innings, but the effectiveness vanished in the fourth. He walked the bases loaded to begin that frame before being pulled, and Ross Detwiler allowed all three inherited runners to score. Cease walked five in his previous outing, and manager Rick Renteria told Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times that the team will try "to get to the bottom of what corrections need to be made." Cease is expected to make another start to attempt to get things fixed, likely Friday against the Cubs.
Cease allowed a run on five hits and five walks and struck out four over 4.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Twins on Monday.
Cease allowed just an RBI single to Jorge Polanco in the fifth despite the high baserunner count. Monday was the third time in 10 starts Cease has issued five or more walks. The 24-year-old has a 3.20 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 34:25 K:BB across 50.2 innings this season. His next start is expected to be Saturday in Cincinnati.
Cease allowed five hits and no walks while striking out two across five innings Tuesday against the Pirates. He did not factor into the decision.
Cease worked efficiently, surrendering no free passes and needing only 79 pitches to get 15 outs. He left the contest in position for a win, but the Pirates ultimately rallied to spoil his chances. While he has only 30 strikeouts across 46 innings, Cease has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts this season. He'll take his next turn through the rotation Sunday against Detroit.
Cease (5-2) earned the win Thursday after holding the Royals to three runs on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out one across five innings.
After giving up a solo home run to Hunter Dozier in the first inning, Cease settled in, blanking the Royals until the sixth, when Alex Gordon broke through with an RBI double. The 24-year-old didn't miss many bats, registering only a strikeout of Dozier later in the fifth frame. Cease was making his second straight start against the Royals. Last time out, he gave up one run and six walks over 4.1 innings. The right-hander will carry a 3.29 ERA and 1.34 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup at Pittsburgh.
Cease gave up one run on one hit and six walks over 4.1 innings during Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Royals. He had five strikeouts and didn't factor in the decision.
The only run Cease allowed actually came on a solo homer, despite the fact he delivered only 45 of his 93 pitches for strikes. It was an ugly outing, but he was able to limit the damage even without much command. The right-hander has a 3.00 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 27:18 K:BB through 36 innings and lines up to face the Royals again Thursday.
Cease (4-2) allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five across six innings to take the loss Sunday against the Cubs.
Cease turned in another strong outing, but he was outdueled by Yu Darvish. The only runs Cease surrendered came on a two-run home run by Kyle Schwarber in the sixth inning. Cease continued to experience control problems that have popped up in several starts this season, as he now has multiple walks in three of his six outings. Still, he's limited hard contact well and has been able to maintain a 3.13 ERA across 31.2 innings as a result. His next turn through the rotation is currently penciled in for Saturday against Kansas City.
Cease (4-1) earned the win Tuesday against the Tigers. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while fanning three across 6.1 innings.
Cease gave up a solo home run to Jonathan Schoop, but he looked excellent on the mound aside from that minor mistake. Cease has now won each of his last four starts, posting three quality starts during that stretch and reducing his ERA to 3.16 after his first five outings. His next scheduled start is set for Aug. 23 on the road against the Cubs.
Cease (3-1) earned the win Wednesday against the Tigers after allowing five runs (one earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts and zero walks over six innings.
The White Sox actually didn't commit an error during the contest, but a passed ball on a strikeout during the fourth inning resulted in all four of the runs that followed being unearned. Cease is off to a strong start in 2020 with a 3.26 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 14:6 K:BB through 19.1 innings, and he lines up to face Detroit again early next week.
Cease (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and five walks while striking out four to earn the win over Cleveland on Friday.
Cease was a little shaky with his command, walking the leadoff batter in four of five innings, but the five free passes didn't come around to hurt him. The 24-year-old lowered his ERA to 4.05 with a 1.50 WHIP and nine strikeouts across 13.1 innings in 2020. Friday was also the first time Cease didn't allow a homer in three starts this year. Expect the right-hander to take the mound Wednesday versus the Tigers.
Cease (1-1) earned the win over the Royals on Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings.
Cease, who was chased after 2.1 innings in his first start, did two things better Sunday. He threw more strikes -- 54 of 83 pitches -- and he hit his spots more often. Cease will try to build on this quality start when he next takes the ball Friday at home against Cleveland.
Cease (0-1) took the loss against Cleveland in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader after allowing four runs on seven hits and zero walks while recording one strikeout over 2.1 innings.
The 24-year-old's first start of 2020 was one to forget, as he struggled with the strike zone and threw only 34 of his 64 pitches for strikes while also surrendering two home runs. Cease made his big-league debut last year and had 14 starts for the White Sox with a 5.79 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 81:35 K:BB over 73 innings, and his second season is off to a rocky start. Depending how Chicago orders its rotation coming out of the doubleheader, the right-hander's next outing could be Sunday in Kansas City or in the following days at Milwaukee.
Cease won't start Monday in Cleveland as the game has been postponed due to rain, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday. Cease will start the first game of the day, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Cease threw live batting practice Monday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Cease was hit hard at times during the session, but he was pleased to get his work in. "The hitters, they squared me up pretty good that first inning, but I was able to execute a little bit better in innings two and three. But yeah they did pretty good," said the pitcher. The right-hander had a bumpy first season in 2019, finishing 4-7 with a 5.79 ERA over 14 starts. He looked better during spring training and looks to carry that through to the regular season.
Cease is looking to build off his first season in the majors and will introduce a tweak to his mechanics, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.
Cease's MLB debut was a bumpy one, as he went 4-7 with a 5.79 ERA in 14 starts. "One of (the things I learned) was more a physical adjustment with my front side," Cease said. "Not getting too rotational on my front side, that's the main thing that's going to be different. I think that's one of the big reasons I was having cutting issues with my fastball." Cease, who permitted 4.3 BB/9 and 1.8 HR/9, hopes the mechanical adjustment will allow him to pitch deeper into games. While his overall numbers were not pretty, the right-hander finished on an up note, allowing seven runs over 21 innings (3.00 ERA) with 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in his final four starts. He's expected to slot in as the fourth starter in the rotation.
Cease allowed three runs on four hits, three walks and a hit batsman while striking out three over three-plus innings in Monday's spring game against the Reds.
Cease's third spring start was not like his first two. The same issues he had last season -- command, walks, one bad inning -- resurfaced for the first time this spring. He lost command during a two-run third inning when the right-hander walked three and hit a batter. Just 36 of his 64 pitches landed in the zone.
Cease allowed one run on three hits while striking out five over four innings in Wednesday's spring game against the Brewers.
Cease upped his pitch count to 58 (40 strikes) and hit 98 mph on the gun during his second spring start. He battled an elevated walk rate in 2019, but Cease has yet to walk a batter in six spring innings. "Yeah, that was probably the best I've ever commanded my fastball," Cease told Scott Merkin of MLB.com. "Really, for most of the spring, my fastball command has been good, so it's just a continuation of the process I'm working on.
Cease threw two scoreless innings, striking out three and walking none in his spring debut Sunday against the Reds, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Cease made a strong first impression in game action after focusing on a mechanical tweak in the early portions of camp. He touched 99 mph with his fastball multiple times while also executing his curveball, slider and changeup throughout the outing. A high-pedigree prospect, Cease will look to improve on his 5.79 ERA through his first 14 starts in the big leagues.
Cease (hamstring) made a mechanical adjustment during the offseason designed to make his fastball more effective, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Cease, who finished with a 5.79 ERA in 14 starts in the majors, said he was getting too rotational on his front side, which in his opinion led to cutting issues with his fastball. Opponents teed off on the right-hander's heater, slugging .611 against it in 2019, per BrooksBaseball. Cease averaged a little more than five innings and 97 pitches per start, with innings one (9.00 ERA) and two (9.64) particularly troublesome. He's hoping the adjustment leads to fewer pitches per inning and deeper outings.
Cease was diagnosed with a Grade 1 (mild) hamstring strain.
He did not make his scheduled start Thursday due to the injury, and clearly won't be able to pitch again this season. His recovery timeline is 2-to-4 weeks, so he should have a normal offseason.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/30||@ OAK||L 3-5||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs CHC||L 0-10||0||1||0||4.2||5||5||2||5|
|09/20||@ CIN||L 3-7||0||1||0||3.0||0||3||7||5|
|09/14||vs MIN||W 3-1||0||0||0||4.2||5||1||5||4|
|09/08||@ PIT||L 4-5||0||0||0||5.0||5||2||0||2|
|09/03||@ KC||W 11-6||1||0||0||5.0||4||3||2||1|
|08/29||vs KC||L 6-9||0||0||0||4.1||1||1||6||5|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFX-South Bend Cubs||51.2||13||13||0||1||2||0||74||26||39||2.81||1.270|