The Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox are set to square off in a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Marlins are coming off a series win over the New York Mets, while the White Sox are coming off a series loss to the Detroit Tigers.
The Marlins are led by their young pitching staff, which includes Pablo Lopez, Trevor Rogers, and Sandy Alcantara. Lopez is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA, Rogers is 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA, and Alcantara is 4-2 with a 2.14 ERA. The Marlins are also hitting well, as they are averaging 4.5 runs per game.
The White Sox are led by their offense, which is led by Jose Abreu, Luis Robert, and Yasmani Grandal. Abreu is batting .321 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs, Robert is batting .304 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs, and Grandal is batting .271 with 6 home runs and 24 RBIs. The White Sox pitching staff has been inconsistent, as they have a 4.12 ERA.
The Marlins are the slight favorites in this series, but the White Sox have the potential to win if their offense can get going. The series opener is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Here are some key matchups to watch in the series:
- Pablo Lopez vs. Dylan Cease: Lopez and Cease are two of the best young pitchers in the American League. Lopez has a 2.70 ERA this season, while Cease has a 3.68 ERA.
- Trevor Rogers vs. Lucas Giolito: Rogers and Giolito are two more young pitchers who have been impressive this season. Rogers has a 2.53 ERA, while Giolito has a 3.38 ERA.
- Sandy Alcantara vs. Michael Kopech: Alcantara and Kopech are two of the hardest throwers in the American League. Alcantara has a 2.14 ERA, while Kopech has a 2.72 ERA.
The Marlins and White Sox are two teams that are on the rise. This series should be a good one, and it could have implications for the American League playoff race.