CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 25: Seattle Mariners Rafael Montero # 47 hits the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 25, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Mariners defeated the White Sox 9-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox: A Sunday double header is the name of the game
The Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners had stopped a game halfway through the third inning on Saturday afternoon. The excitement was great as the White Sox greeted the fans again with 100 percent occupancy on the first Saturday, but the rain was slowly turned off. It was 0-0 but it didn’t create a problem for either team but it will hurt the Mariners a little more.
The Chicago White Sox must have a very good game against the Seattle Mariners.
You can argue that the Mariners are the hottest team in baseball right now. They have won 9 of their last 11 games to get over .500 and look like a respectable baseball team. You can’t get to this level without good pitching.
Now the Mariners have to grapple with the problems that come with a double header, but for them it hits a little differently. Obviously, Saturday’s starters in Lance Lynn and Logan Gilbert won’t pitch on Sunday. It will now be mainly a bullpen game for both teams.
The White Sox don’t have Michael Kopech to take over the game, but they have plenty of skilled players who can do that. If anything, they benefit from knowing he’s not available. They also know that Dallas Keuchel will start game two where they have the advantage over the Mariners.
It should be Marco Gonzales for them in the originally scheduled game on Sunday. However, Gonzales returned to Seattle for the birth of his child. He’s going to be on the Seattle paternity list. Of course, everyone has to be happy for him in this situation, but they have to deal with their pitches the next day.
The bullpen is given out after the end of the first game and is needed again in the second game without your planned starter. Hopefully the White Sox offensive can take advantage of this. You have to work, count and make it difficult for the Mariners for two games in a row.
They’ll pick up the first game where they left off and play nine innings. The second game will be a seven-inning competition. It’s up to Dallas Keuchel to do his job as a starter. He is perfectly able to help the White Sox out of their rut. It’s the kind of game that should be pretty fun.