Game Preview: Chicago (76-79) vs. Cleveland (76-78)
By Matt Van Wormer
Ubaldo Jimenez couldn’ hold the lead for the Tribe last night as he was responsible for four of the eight runs that the White Sox scored and by the time the Indians got to the four run mark, Chicago had the game in hand. Chad Durbin had another rough outing as well as he gave up home runs to Alex Rios and Brent Morel.
Tonight will be the last chance for the Indians to get a win against the White Sox and stay ahead of them in the race for second place in the Central Division. On the bump for the Tribe will be Jeanmar Gomez (4-2, 3.78, 1.47 WHIP) while Philip Humber (9-8, 3.59, 1.17 WHIP) takes the pill for Chicago.
Gomez has performed well lately, earning victories in four straight starts. He will look for his fifth straight against the same team that he beat back on September 9th. In that outing against the pale hose, Gomez threw six innings and gave up just two earned runs, striking out three Sox batters and walking none. Gomez is quickly making a name for himself as a front runner to get into the rotation for the Indians in 2012.
In Humber’s last outing against the Tribe, he threw six innings and took a no-decision. On the year, he has started twice against the Tribe and also appeared in a relief situation. In one of those starts, the Indians were getting to Humber early when Kosuke Fukudome lined a single off of Humber’s head. He was ok but came out of the game after being struck.
Tonight could be a great pitcher’s duel as neither team has had much success against the opposing pitcher. With limited at-bats against the young arms on the hill, the hitters should be on their toes all night.
A win tonight would get the Indians to 1.5 games ahead of the White Sox but Chicago could take over second place with a win. On the year, the White Sox lead the season series 11 games to six. One more win against their Central Division rival would go a long way to boost the Tribe’s confidence heading into their final week of the season. The game gets started tonight at 7:05.
Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup:
1. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Carlos Santana, C
6. Grady Sizemore, CF
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Jack Hannahan, 3B
9. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
Chicago White Sox Starting Lineup:
1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
4. Alexis Rios, CF
5. Adam Dunn, DH
6. Dayan Viciedo, 1B
7. Alejandro de Aza, RF
8. Brent Morel, 3B
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
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