It’s a jam-packed schedule for the first Wednesday of July, 16 games in all thanks to a Tigers-White Sox doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Some of the storylines worth watching include the Yankees and Mets continuing the Subway Series; the Braves trying to avenge last night’s loss to the Phillies; the Reds hoping to claw their way back into the NL Central playoff picture; and Walker Buehler trying to end his first half on a high note ahead of an appearance in the All-Star Game.

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Cease wins in debut

If Dylan Cease’s name sounds familiar, it’s probably because the White Sox prospect was a key part of the deal that sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs a few years back. 

Cease has since worked his way up the organizational ladder, and on Wednesday he made his big-league debut in what proved to be a winning effort against the Tigers. His line on the afternoon saw him yield three runs on four hits and four walks across five innings. He also gave up a home run, and struck out six batters on a total of 101 pitches.

More than half Cease’s pitches were his high-grade fastball, which clocked in on average around 97 mph, per Statcast. He generated only three swing-and-misses on the heat, likely because his command was suboptimal. Cease also coerced four whiffs on his breaking pitches, each of which is considered an above-average offering.

Because of Cease’s wildness, he could end up in the bullpen down the road. For now, he deserves ample opportunity to turn into a mid-rotation starter at the game’s highest level.

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