Dylan Covey‘s last five starts have been a mix of bad and good, but mostly bad. Outside of one great start in Seattle, he has not been able to get past the 6th inning, and has not been able to keep his team in game. He also has taken the loss in all but the start against the Mariners. This has been a disappointing regression from the Dylan Covey of May and June, where he was a nice surprise for a short time. Tonight, Covey was mediocre. He was able to go a little longer, but was falling behind in counts and was missing with his spots high, which can be very dangerous, especially with a lineup as lethal as the Yankees can be.
The key to the White Sox 2018 season is inconsistency. The offense can burst out one night, and score three runs over the next three games. Lucas Giolito has had his own year of ups and downs, as has Reynaldo Lopez. Even Jose Abreu has had a rollercoaster year, though he’s finally starting to heat up again. This is part of the rebuilding process, and inconsistency was a big part of this game. The offense could only string together three hits, and five total baserunners. Yankees starter Lance Lynn was incredible in his second start since getting traded from the Twins. Lynn went 7.1 innings, striking out nine. Reliever Thyago Viera had a great game in Tampa, recording his first save, but tonight gave up two home runs and walked one in his full inning.
One of the more surprising stories of the season, is the emergence of Matt Davidson as a pitcher. He’s had a couple appearances going into this game, and was called on to pitch a ninth. He has yet to give up a run, and has actually shown that he might have some value as a reliever. His stuff has been pretty solid for a designated hitter who kills the Kansas City Royals and not much else. His stuff continued to prove to work tonight, highlighted with getting last years NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to strike out swinging on a nasty curveball.
The series continues tomorrow with C.C Sabathia facing off with Reynaldo Lopez.
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