White Sox Make Their Return to Cleveland for Four-Game Series
Bob Toth | On 06, May 2019
The Cleveland Indians will host the Chicago White Sox for the second time this season in a four-game series this week, ending nearly three weeks of activity strictly against nondivisional opponents.
The Indians (18-14) had a chance to really ruin the Mariners’ weekend, but they were shelled in a 10-0 two-hit shutout on Sunday to miss an opportunity to sweep the six-game season series from Seattle. In a bizarre statistical anomaly, the Indians were outscored by the Mariners, 21-18, in those six games this season, but posted a 5-1 record. The Indians will look to leave town at the end of the week with a winning homestand, something that the team can do if it can draw at least a series split with the White Sox this week. Cleveland trails Minnesota by two games in the American League Central at the start of the day Monday.
The White Sox (14-18) come to Cleveland after dropping three of four to Boston to wrap up a lengthy homestand that was twice affected by inclement weather. Chicago’s series with Detroit over the last weekend of April was shortened to two games, with the White Sox winning both. Another rainout on Tuesday against Baltimore forced a doubleheader on May 1, split by the two clubs. The Sox sit in fourth place in the AL Central, six games in back of Minnesota with the second-worst run differential (-36) in the league.
Thursday, May 9, 1:10 PM ET
TBD vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-3, 5.60)
TV: Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio (all); MLB.tv (all); WGN (5/6); NBCSCH (5/6-5/8)
Radio (all): Cleveland Indians Radio Network; WGN 720 (Chicago)
TRANSACTIONS and INJURY NOTES
Ryan Burr (P) – activated from 10-day injured list (5/6)
Adam Engel (OF) – optioned to Triple-A Charlotte (5/6)
Caleb Frare (RP) – optioned to Triple-A Charlotte (5/6)
Ian Hamilton (P) – 10-day injured list (3/25) – right shoulder inflammation
Jon Jay (OF) – 60-day injured list (3/25) – right hip strain
Eloy Jimenez (OF) – 10-day injured list (4/27) – high right ankle sprain
Nate Jones (RP) – 60-day injured list (4/27) – right elbow inflammation
Michael Kopech (SP) – 60-day injured list (3/11) – recovery from September 2018 UCL surgery
Carlos Rodon (SP) – 10-day injured list (5/2) – left elbow inflammation
Charlie Tilson (OF) – contract purchased from Triple-A Charlotte (5/6)
Cody Anderson (P) – recalled from Triple-A Columbus (5/5)
Mike Clevinger (SP) – 60-day injured list (4/9) – right upper back/Teres major muscle strain
Jon Edwards (RP) – recalled from Triple-A Columbus (5/3)
Corey Kluber (SP) – 10-day injured list (5/3) – non-displaced right ulna fracture
Max Moroff (UTL) – designated for assignment (5/5)
Adam Rosales (UTL) – acquired from Minnesota Twins, assigned to Triple-A Columbus (5/4)
Danny Salazar (P) – 60-day injured list (3/24); right shoulder rehab
Bradley Zimmer (OF) – 10-day injured list (3/28); right shoulder rehab
SOX SCUFFLING AT THE PLATE
The White Sox have not had the biggest performances from its key offensive players over the last week.
Tim Anderson is hitting .154 in his last seven games with four hits, including a home run. He has struck out five times, walked twice, and scored just one run. The mini-slump has been a rarity for Anderson this season, who has hit .333 in 29 games with five doubles, six homers, and 18 RBI while leading the club with eleven stolen bases in eleven attempts.
Over the last week, Yoan Moncada is hitting .148 with four singles and no runs batted in. The switch-hitting second baseman has struck out in ten of his 27 at bats in the last seven games. For the year, he is hitting .287 with a .348 on-base percentage, hitting seven doubles, one triple, six homers, and driving in 20.
Yonder Alonso has hit just .130 in the last week with three hits and three runs scored. Despite the decreased production, he has hit a homer and driven in five in that stretch. Alonso has five homers and 16 RBI on the year and leads the team in walks with 17.
Welington Castillo is hitless in his last three games with eight strikeouts in eleven plate appearances. It has marked a season-long trend for the backup backstop, who has struck out 19 times in 72 plate appearances on the season.
Jose Abreu has been one of the team’s more productive weapons, per the norm. In the last week, he has heated up and posted a .357/.419/.750 line with ten hits, including two doubles and three homers, while driving in a team-leading nine runs in that span. He is the team leader in homers (8) and RBI (33) on the season, doing so over 32 games. He has reached base safely in 14 straight games.
The Indians will look to rebound from the embarrassing defeat that they suffered on Sunday afternoon in the finale with the Seattle Mariners after taking the first two games in one-run decisions while utilizing late rallies.
Jose Ramirez has finally returned to the .200 mark on the season, using a 2-for-3 day at the plate on Sunday to bring his average back to the Mendoza line at exactly .200. His effort accounted for the Tribe’s total offensive hit production in the two-hit shutout.
Carlos Santana remains the Indians’ top hitter, posting a .309/.415/.491 slash at the plate. The long ball has emerged of late, as the 33-year-old has hit four home runs in his last six games after going 18 straight without going deep in a contest.
Jordan Luplow has put up steady numbers at the plate since being recalled from Triple-A. In four games, he has two hits in seven at bats (both doubles) and has drawn a pair of walks.
Tyler Naquin’s six-game hitting streak came to an end with hitless performances on Saturday and Sunday. The final three games of his hitting streak were extended by pinch-hits, including his walk-off base hit on Friday night to defeat Seattle.
Veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has fallen into his first rut of the season. Over the last week, he has hit just .059 (1-for-17) with a homer, three RBI, and two runs scored.
Center fielder Leonys Martin will not start the opener of the four-game set while dealing with a hamstring issue. He could be a pinch-hit option late in the game and is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night.
SUFFERING FOR SCHEDULE MAKERS’ FAILURES
After Thursday’s early getaway day start, the Indians will find themselves on the west coast Friday to start a three-game road trip against the Oakland A’s. Instead of capitalizing on their time in California with another series against an AL West opponent, the team will fly to Chicago to face the same White Sox next Monday and Tuesday before returning home to continue a heavy home slate in May.
The White Sox, between series with the Indians, will conclude their seven-game road trip with three games over the weekend in Toronto with the Blue Jays.
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