The Chicago White Sox are coming to town after an emotional weekend in Milwaukee. In a season that will be defined by overcoming adversity, the Brewers are now set to finally hold their home opening series after a tumultuous weekend. The entire scheduled series against the rival Cardinals ended up cancelled. Several Cardinals players and staff members tested positive for COVID amid reports of their breaking MLB’s protocol surrounding social distancing and quarantining. Bench coach Pat Murphy suffered a heart attack on the field, but was quickly rushed to the hospital and will make a full recovery.
Now, finally, it’s baseball time in Milwaukee (and our British friends are very excited!)
The White Sox currently have a 4 game win streak.#ThisIsMyCrew
— UKBrewCrew 🇬🇧🍺⚾️ (@UKBrewCrew) August 3, 2020
The Brewers’ Brett Anderson will finally be making his Brewers’ debut. He missed his first schedule start with a blister to start the season. He will face Carlos Rodon, who allowed five runs in three and two-thirds innings in his last start. Rodon’s previous start was his first since having Tommy John surgery last May. He will be pitching with an extra day of rest.
The Brewers will send ace Brandon Woodruff to the hill to start the second game. In his last outing, Woody struck out 10 in six and a third innings. He and four relievers combined to pitch a one-hitter against the Pirates. The White Sox will counter with their ace, Lucas Giolito. After being roughed up in his first start, Giolito threw six innings of scoreless ball in his last start.
Christian Yelich will look to break out of his six-game slump in the friendly confines of Miller Park. Ryan Braun will miss this series (and more) due to a finger infection that landed him on the 10-day IL. Lorenzo Cain, too, will not be playing as he opted out of the season due to COVID concerns.
A Familiar Face
Of note, too, is that the Brewers will be facing Yasmani Grandal who left Milwaukee after one year. In 2019, Grandal hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI as the Brewers’ primary catcher. He also made the NL All-Star team last season. He signed a four-year $73 million contract with the White Sox during the off-season.
Where the Brewers and White Sox Stand
The Brewers are currently 3-3, two and a half games behind the Cubs in the Central. The White Sox are 5-4, riding a four game win-streak. They are currently two games behind the Twins in the American League version of the Central.