The White Sox saw a big two innings from Matt Foster in his debut. Foster has great stuff but actually profiles more as a reliever. How great would it be to have him in a rotation with Cease and Kopech ( when healthy) already, if he’s able to stay in the five-man rotation? That’s easy, it would be amazing for the White Sox and their fans. They would have yet another arm who just continues to improve each year.
Foster is a guy who can help lower their overall team ERA whether as a reliever or a starter. Right now that ERA sits at 4.28 on the season. The Sox need Foster, since Kopech who has all the stuff, has not been able to stay healthy. Then, when he is healthy he has not been the dominant force that all expect to see from him, Whereas Cease has been solid and continues to grow. On the season Cease has a 2-1 record with a 4.05 ERA. He has just continued to look sharper and has grown since coming back to camp this year and now the regular season. Look for him to continue to improve.
Now back to Foster. In a rotation led by veteran ace Dallas Keuchel, Foster would be a very welcomed addition. The ChiSox have the worst luck with health and their pitching staff. So one can see why a career reliever like Foster may become a starter.
He was hands down the best relief pitcher in AAA last year for Chicago. According to MLB.com, he used to mainly work with a fastball and slider combo as a youngster in amateur ball. Both good pitches. however, his changeup has since taken over and become a money pitch for Foster. Especially in throwing to left-handed hitters, which is key for any right-hander. So the only question that remains is, will Foster be a starter or reliever?
Breaking Down the Options
Let us now try to answer that question. If you ask me they have to try to stretch him out as a starter. He looked very good in two innings against a top Indians lineup that scores in bunches. Unfortunately, that happened to the Sox when Foster was removed. The Indians then scored in bunches off of Drew Anderson. Foster, though, was on point today striking out three including his first and last batter of the game.
Foster, was helped by a great snag by Danny Mendick at second, on a liner and an over-slide by the Indians’ Carlos Santana. Nonetheless, he was still on point and lined himself up to get another start, or at least one would think. Then if he shines again, the thought has to be there to move him to the rotation. Either way, stellar start to his career by Foster, and I cant wait to continue to see him grow.
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