Tribe Back on the Road with a Return Trip to the Windy City
Bob Toth | On 10, Aug 2018
The Cleveland Indians kick off a six-game road trip with a return to Chicago for a three-game weekend set with the White Sox.
The Tribe (64-50) moved to a season-high 14 games over the .500 mark by winning three of four from the Minnesota Twins during the week. It brought their record against the division to 35-16 on the season (with an 8-8 mark against the Twins with three left to play). Cleveland comes into the weekend with an eleven-game lead in the AL Central over Minnesota and a 23-game advantage over Chicago.
The fourth place White Sox (41-73) have pushed through a developmental year, but have had little for returns in the wins column while posting one of the worst records in the game. The White Sox have struggled mightily against the Indians this season, going 2-8 while being outscored 61-25 in the ten contests. Home has not been a friendly confine for the White Sox, who are just 21-36 at Guaranteed Rate Field this year while being outscored by 55 runs. They are 16-28 against the AL Central this year.
PITCHING PROBABLES and NOTES
Bieber will wrap up his tour of the American League Central with his first career start against the White Sox. He is 3-0 in five starts this season against the division, with three games against Minnesota, one against Detroit, and one with Kansas City. He got back into the win column his last time out, allowing two runs on seven hits over five and two-thirds innings in a victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The 25-year-old Rodon got a late start to the season, kicking off his campaign on June 9. He faced the Indians in his second and third starts of the year, allowing two runs on two hits in five innings in a no-decision in the first game and four runs on five hits in six and one-third innings in a loss on June 19. He has made eleven starts and one relief appearance against Cleveland in his career, going 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. His last time out, he walked five batters in a no-decision against Tampa Bay.
Bauer, 27, continued on his path towards an AL Cy Young award his last time out as he won his third straight game and fourth straight decision overall with six innings of shutout three-hit baseball. He struck out eleven batters, giving him ten games of ten strikeouts or more on the year. Since his opportunity to participate in the MLB All-Star Game this season, he has gone 3-0 in four starts with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He is 7-3 in his career against the White Sox with a 3.28 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
It has been another rough season for the 36-year-old Shields, who is a potential free agent after the season. He made one of his better starts of the season against Cleveland, earning a win with seven innings of one-run baseball to improve to 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 21 games against the Indians in his career. He made a quality start his last time out, but earned a no-decision as he allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings against Tampa Bay. He last brought home a victory on July 13 against Kansas City.
Carrasco, 31, saw a personal five-game winning streak come to an end in his last start on August 7 at home against Minnesota. He allowed three runs in six and one-third innings in his four straight quality start, but gave up ten hits while striking out eight in the loss. He has faced the White Sox just once this season, striking out eleven batters in seven scoreless two-hit innings in a victory. He is just 7-9 in his career in 22 games against Chicago with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP, but he has won four straight decisions over the last two years against them with a 0.99 ERA in that span.
Covey will get the call in the finale on Sunday, just two days ahead of his 27th birthday. He will make his fourth start of the season against the Indians, looking to improve upon a 1-1 record with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He has lost three straight starts, giving up 17 runs in that span. Since defeating the Indians on June 13, he has gone 1-7 with an 8.24 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP with 23 strikeouts and 23 walks in 43 2/3 innings.
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TRANSACTIONS and INJURY NOTES
Greg Allen (OF) – recalled from Triple-A Columbus (8/9)
Cody Anderson (P) – 60-day disabled list (2/25) – recovery from April 2017 UCL surgery
Lonnie Chisenhall (OF) – 60-day disabled list (7/3) – strained left calf
Nick Goody (RP) – 60-day disabled list (5/3) – right elbow inflammation
Evan Marshall (RP) – activated from 10-day disabled list (8/8), optioned to Triple-A Columbus (8/8)
Leonys Martin (OF) – 10-day disabled list (8/9) – undisclosed non-baseball illness
Tyler Naquin (OF) – 10-day disabled list (7/26) – right hip surgery
Danny Salazar (P) – out for season (3/26) – recovery from right shoulder exploratory surgery
Josh Tomlin (P) – 10-day disabled list (7/10) – right hamstring strain; on rehab assignment
Bradley Zimmer (OF) – out for season (7/21) – right shoulder labrum surgery
Danny Farquhar (RP) – 60-day disabled list (4/21) – recovery from April 2018 surgery on ruptured aneurysm
Leury Garcia (OF) – 10-day disabled list (8/6) – left hamstring strain
Miguel Gonzalez (SP) – 60-day disabled list (4/22) – recovery from July 2018 right shoulder surgery
Nate Jones (RP) – 10-day disabled list (6/13) – pronator muscle strain in right forearm
SOX NEWS AND NOTES
The White Sox have hit a combined .191 against the Indians this season, the third-worst mark by the lineup against an opponent this season. The Sox’s best hitter against them, Charlie Tilson, hit .480 in nine games with a team-high 12 hits, but he is not with the big league club. Yolmer Sanchez has hit a pair of homers off of Cleveland pitching while drawing a team-high five walks.
Jose Abreu has been the White Sox’s top hitter since the break, when he was Chicago’s sole All-Star representative. In 19 games, he has hit .347 with 25 hits, including six doubles and seven homers, while driving in 15 runs and scoring 18 times. On the year, Abreu is slashing .269/.330/.487 with 33 doubles, 20 homers, and 67 RBI in 112 games. The Indians have limited him to a .154 mark this season in ten games with two doubles, a homer, and four RBI (a team high).
Yoan Moncada has been in an awful funk at the plate. Over his last 19 games since the All-Star break, he has gone 9-for-74 (.122) with 33 strikeouts in 88 plate appearances. He has just two hits in his last 29 at bats with 18 strikeouts in 32 plate appearances in that sample size. His season numbers have plummeted to .218/.300/.390 with 163 strikeouts (a Major League high) in 106 games. He has struck out 19 times in 38 plate appearances against Indians pitching coming into the game.
TRIBE BY THE NUMBERS
Francisco Lindor comes into the weekend series with a seven-game hitting streak active. He has hit .400 in that span with 12 hits, two homers, seven RBI, and seven runs scored. Lindor is the game’s runs scored leader, sitting at 99 entering the day. He leads the Indians with 138 hits and 38 doubles on the season and is second on the club with 29 home runs. He has also been efficient on the base paths, stealing 17 bases in 22 attempts. He has put up a strong .382/.488/.529 line against the White Sox this season in nine games with two doubles, a homer, and six RBI.
Yan Gomes has matched Lindor’s streak with a seven-game streak of his own. He has hit .292 with single hits in each game while scoring four times and driving in two. The streak has nudged his season batting average to .245. The Tribe’s All-Star backstop is one of seven players on the team in double-digits in home runs, supplying the Indians’ lineup with eleven blasts on the year.
Jose Ramirez has been the team’s deep threat against Chicago this season. Ramirez leads the club with four homers against White Sox pitching in 2018 while driving in nine runs, the second highest mark on the team.
Michael Brantley is hitting .342 against Chicago this season with a double, two homers, and four RBI. He is tied for second on the team in hits against them with 13 (matching Lindor and Ramirez), one short of Yonder Alonso’s team lead.
TRAVELLING A SHORT WAYS
The Indians will continue their brief road trip in the Queen City, where they will play the Cincinnati Reds in three road interleague games before starting a three-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles. The White Sox will hit the road for a quick three-game set in Detroit before returning back home to host the Kansas City Royals next weekend.
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