Weekend Preview: White Sox vs. Indians
By Matt Van Wormer
Now, the Indians are home and six of their next nine are against Central Division foes. This is where the Indians need to play their best baseball. They are .500 for the month of July and need to get back to their winning ways. You have to beat the teams you are supposed to beat and there is no reason that the Indians shouldn’t beat up on the White Sox and Royals. Now, let’s take a look at the series with the White Sox.
In the opener, the White Sox send righty Gavin Floyd (7-9, 4.37 ERA) to the mound and the Indians counter with Carlos Carrassco (8-7, 4.25 ERA). Floyd kept the Indians hitters guessing in his one start against them, throwing seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits. As for Carrasco, his one start against the White Sox this year was game two of the season and it was a rocky one. Carrasco has made good strides since that disaster, though, and the White Sox will basically be seeing a completely different pitcher.
On Saturday, Edwin Jackson (6-7, 3.97 ERA) throws for the White Sox and David Huff (1-0, 0.00 ERA) goes for the Wahoos. Huff more than earned a spot in the rotation for now after a brilliant start in Minnesota. After a tough 2010 season, he has definitely used his time in Columbus well. Hopefully, he can carry over his stuff from that hot afternoon in the Twin Cities to the game on Saturday. Jackson beat the Indians earlier this year, throwing six innings and giving up three runs, two of them earned.
In the finale, Justin Masterson (8-6, 2.64) takes the ball for the Tribe, going up against Philip Humber (8-6, 3.27 ERA). Humber threw to two hitters the last time he pitched against the Tribe, in game three of the season, out of the bullpen. He gave up two hits and they both came around to score. Masterson stopped the bleeding of those first two games of the year and pitched lights out against the Sox getting the victory, giving up just one run in seven innings of work. Masterson also threw eight innings of one-run baseball in another start against Chicago but got no run support in a 1-0 loss.
The Indians get lucky in this series as Mark Buehrle is not scheduled to throw. A sweep would be ideal and anything less than a series win would be a huge hit to this team’s confidence and their standing in the Central Division. Maybe some home cooking and a day off on Thursday is just what the team needs after an eight games in seven days road trip.