Delay gives the Chicago White Sox some rest for their weekend streak against the New York Yankees – The Denver Post

The Chicago White Sox pitchers took a lot from their first series against the New York Yankees last week at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Yankees won three of the four games, but the pitching progressed as the series went on. The Sox conceded 25 runs in the first two games and seven in the last two.

“(We learned) the importance of moving forward and staying on offense rather than falling behind in batter count, relying on making a really, really good pitch,” said starter Dallas Keuchel earlier this week. in Kansas City, MO. easy as it sounds, it is sometimes difficult.

“That’s actually the most important. We want to do better in the future. (Pitching coach) Ethan (Katz) actually preached that, so that’s a testament to what he said. If we can get that on track, I think we’re going to be very, very good.”

Keuchel was scheduled to start against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Friday, but the game was postponed due to bad weather.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, with the first game starting at 2:05 PM Central time.

The postponement gives the Sox some relief after playing five games in four days in Kansas City.

“This is better for everyone,” said Sox manager Tony La Russa. “It’s a good day for our bullpen. It gives (Kendall Graveman) a day and (Liam) Hendriks. We could have played, but this time of year we’re taking it.”

Keuchel is on the mound for Saturday’s game, which starts at 12:05 pm

Johnny Cueto throws Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader and Michael Kopech in Game 2. The Sox on Friday sent Kopech back from the paternity list and optional reliever Ryan Burr to Triple-A Charlotte.

Keuchel (2-3, 5.54 ERA) is coming out with impressive performances, most recently on Saturday against the Yankees when he gave up four hits, walked three and struckout three in five scoreless innings.

“I’d still like to get better at maneuvering the digs in my favor,” he said. “Instead of catching up with 2-0 or 1-0, I’d like to have 60 or 70% first-pitch strikes. And that’s not out of the realm (of possibility).

“Some of my best years were 68, 69, 70%. Some bad years were around 50 so it’s a coin flip. Most of the things (Katz) preaches is what I want to do every time too.”

Keuchel didn’t play a part in the decision on Saturday, a game the Sox won 3-2 on the RBI-single by Luis Robert in the ninth inning. After making 86 pitches, Keuchel expressed his disappointment by not pitching in the sixth inning, which led to a talk with La Russa the next day.

“We, the team, are especially grateful and excited about the five innings he pitched,” La Russa said on Sunday. “His history, since I’ve been here, in the sixth inning hasn’t been good.”

Keuchel threw a season-high six innings in Boston on May 8. He gave up two runs, both in the sixth, on eight hits in the 3-2 win.

“I’m a big believer in making money,” said Keuchel, winner of the 2015 American League Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros. “I like to think my baseball card says I’ve made some money, but at the same time, you have to reinvent yourself every five days to be who you want to be. I am no different.

“Everyone in this room is the same. I did tell him that the only time I’ve gone in the sixth inning this year is in Boston. So the numbers get a little skewed. The more I want to be where I am, the more it will get better. Both runs came on soft contact. Those numbers work in my favor more than just seeing two runs off the board in the sixth inning in Boston.

“Take the good with the good.”

Keuchel pushes forward, saying he’s “not close to where I want to be.”

“The last few outings have been a fun trend,” Keuchel said. “But I’d rather finish very strong, so I’d rather get that first bad one in Cleveland (10 runs, eight earned, on 10 hits with one walk in one plus innings April 20) out of the way early than late as hard as it gets. is to look back and see, just one of those things that hopefully we’ll be talking about here in July and August and a lot more under the belt wins, a lot more team wins and six, seven innings to go.

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