Padres 5, White Sox 2: A dull finish to Dylan Cease’s brilliant season

Those hoping Dylan Cease might be able to make one last stand with regards to his Cy Young hopes instead got another dose of his slow fade to the finish. He gave up a homer to Juan Soto in the first inning that answered Elvis Andrus’ leadoff blast against Mike Clevinger, and while he recovered from early inefficiency to get through the next four inning scoreless, he hit a wall in the sixth.

Manny Machado greeted him with a single, and his attempt to bury a 1-2 slider in on Jake Cronenworth stayed up enough for Cronenworth to yank a homer into the first rows of seats in the right-field corner. That made it 3-1, and Cease ended up walking the final two batters of the season, one of which came around to score on Joe Kelly’s watch.

He fell to 14-8, and his ERA rose to 2.20. Both of those are still remarkable, as is the fact that Cease has made 32 starts in each of the last two seasons, which can’t be underappreciated given the rampant unavailability elsewhere throughout the roster. It just fell a little bit short of transcendent, and his pursuit of individual excellence was really all White Sox fans had left.

Otherwise, this game had three developments that very much captured what the White Sox must confront heading into the winter:

A righty mowing them down: The Cleveland version of Clevinger used to give the White Sox fits, and even though the post-surgery San Diego version of him hasn’t reached those heights, the Sox couldn’t tell the difference. Andrus homered on the second pitch of the game, after which he needed just 64 pitches to get through six innings.

A poetic home run: Manny Machado notched the fifth and final run with a solo shot off Jake Diekman. Machado now has 32 homers as he puts the finishing touches on another 7 WAR season. Rick Hahn can’t get that kind of player, but he’s great at getting somebody like Diekman, who has a 7.27 ERA as a member of this year’s White Sox while making next year’s team $3.5 million more expensive.

A spectacularly dumb baserunning mistake: Andrus was the White Sox’s lone offensive bright spot, contributing three of the team’s six hits and both of their RBIs. But with two outs in the eighth, with the tying run still on deck, Andrus was picked off second to end the inning, and it wasn’t even close.

These are the White Sox we’ve seen too much of, and will get relief from after Wednesday.

Record: 78-80 | Box score | Statcast

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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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Shingos Cheeseburgers

I believe the Sox are now 0-3 at Sox Machine/108 meet ups having scored six runs in those games


At least we know who to blame.

Shingos Cheeseburgers

Also I’d love to know historically how many White Sox home runs have been hit between 530 and 545 local time as Andrus’s was today

Trooper Galactus

They need to win out to finish the season with a winning record. What a pathetic franchise.


Greg should sing his sell the team song outside the stadium during the Minnesota series


Playoff-bound Manny Machado shining in a game that ended the eliminated White Sox hopes of a Cy Young season is a fitting epitaph to Rick Hahn’s Rebuild.


Remember when Kenny tried to tell us our contract offer to Machado was the same money as SD. We then proceed to find out the guaranteed money was like 20-40 million less. There is just no reason to give this organization the benefit of the doubt


From Nightengale:

Tony La Russa, who was hoping to lead the Chicago White Sox to the World Series, instead is expected to announce his retirement Monday at a press conference in Chicago. 

La Russa, who turns 78 on Tuesday, certainly gave it everything he had, but his heart gave out.


This bit is expected and unwelcome:

He likely will stay in the White Sox organization as a special assistant

Root Cause

And McEwing will be the next manager because Tony said so.


As Brilliant a season Dylan Cease has had, it is not really even close to Verlander. W/L do not matter, but ERA,WHIP, BB, do. He only really beats Verlander in SO. I hope next year is the year for awards and post season after the dissapointment of 2022.
The old Fart retiring is a gret first step, now lets watch and see how Jerry/Kenny/Rick screw it all up again! UGGGH, the cursed life of a Sox fan.

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