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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

How Dylan Cease became an ace

This isn’t entirely out of nowhere, as we’ll soon detail. The power of Cease’s raw stuff has been apparent for some time, and it wasn’t an accident that the White Sox had him included along with Eloy Jiménez and two others when they traded José Quintana to the Cubs back in 2017.

“I know his stuff is tremendous,” Verlander said on Monday regarding Cease. “It seems like he’s put it all together this year.”

He sure has, because, over his first three-and-a-half seasons, he wasn’t doing this. Somewhat like teammate Lucas Giolito’s path, Cease’s journey started with struggle and reinvention. In the first 67 starts of Cease’s career, beginning with his 2019 debut through a disastrous 7 R, 3 IP outing against Boston on May 24, he posted a 4.37 ERA. Since then, well, history.

“it is going to be a great challenge,” said Cease, when asked about Verlander and the Astros. “I’m personally looking forward to it. It’s exciting. I remember watching him a lot as a kid ... just the fact that I’m here now and he’s still doing it, it’s pretty rare.”

What changed since that 5.79 ERA as a rookie, or since the mere 6.8 strikeouts per 9 in 2020—a number that’s now north of 12 per 9? It’s not about new pitches, or better health, or any of the usual things we look at when a pitcher improves. It’s about making the pitches he had better. Let’s take a look at each of his four primary pitches to see what’s going on here.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 12:03 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: August 16, 2022 at 03:16 PM (#6091902)
Has Dylan Cease faced Dylan Moore yet this year? It would be like a battle for the playlist on a family drive.
   2. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: August 16, 2022 at 06:18 PM (#6091925)
Because that trade needed to look even worse in hindsight for the Cubs...
   3. sanny manguillen Posted: August 17, 2022 at 08:13 AM (#6092004)
How Dylan Cease became an ace


Would have happened earlier if he pronounced his name "Sayse"

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