Doubleheader Preview: Chicago (74-78) vs. Cleveland (75-76)
By Matt Van Wormer
The Indians had a chance to get back over the .500 mark yesterday but couldn’t get the job done. David Huff had another rough outing, going just 2.2 innings and giving up seven hits, nine runs (five earned) and walking three batters. Between Triple-A and Cleveland, Huff may be getting tired with all of the innings he has ended up throwing.
With a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox today, the Indians once again have a chance to get over the .500 mark and create some space between themselves and the Pale Hose in the race for 2nd place in the Central Division.
In the matinee, Fausto Carmona (6-15, 5.26, 1.41 WHIP) takes on Gavin Floyd (12-11, 4.42, 1.19 WHIP). Carmona has faced the White Sox four times this season already and has not had much success. Carmona’s best outing against the South Siders was back in August when he pitched 8.1 innings and gave up just four hits and one run. Most recently, he took a no decision on September 10th.
Floyd, on the other hand has had a good year against the Tribe, winning two of his four starts and taking no decisions in the other two. In 26 innings, Floyd has given up 19 hits, seven earned runs and not a single long-ball to the Tribe this year.
When night time rolls around, the youngster, Zach McAllister (0-1, 12.27, 2.59 WHIP) will make his third career start against one of Chicago’s young guns, Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 2.25, 1.38 WHIP). Axelrod has fared much better than McAllister as they both start their careers in the majors. The Indians righty has a little less pressure on him though as he is just 23 and still learning.
Axelrod, who pitched six strong innings against Detroit a week ago, is a little older (26) and hoping to use the end of this season as a tryout that could lead to a spot in the starting rotation for 2012. Pending a drastic turnaround between now and the start of 2012, McAllister will most likely be starting the season in Columbus.
While the offense tried to stay in the game yesterday, the pitchers just couldn’t keep the game within reach. With two chances to get wins today, the Tribe will have to be ready to roll even if the weather isn’t 100% sure what it wants to do. The Indians should have no shame in fighting as hard as they can for second place.
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