The Chicago White Sox rotation will look different to start the second half than how it did to end the first half. Namely, with left-handed ace Jose Quintana being traded to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, the team will roll out Mike Pelfrey to start on Saturday and Derek Holland on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, before turning to Miguel Gonzalez on Tuesday and Carlos Rodon on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Chicago’s rotation is now without both Quintana and last year’s ace, Chris Sale, who was traded to the Boston Red Sox this past offseason. The Chicago rotation entered the All-Star break with a 4.95 ERA, tied for the second-worst mark in the American League, with the team posting the worst record in the AL at 38-49.
Pelfrey takes the spot of Quintana, having made 14 starts this season and posted a 3-7 record with a 4.83 ERA. The 33-year-old is a 12-year MLB veteran and is on his third team in the American League Central over the past five seasons.
Who fills the role of new team ace is currently undecided, as David Holmberg is the only starter to have made multiple starts in 2017 and have an ERA south of four.
The team selected Rodon with the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft and he has already made 54 career stars, but was sidelined with injuries to begin the year. Shields is owed $21 million both this season and next (with the San Diego Padres paying a large chunk), but he owns a 4.95 ERA through seven starts this season.