Indians (50-49, 24-26 road) at White Sox (60-43, 35-17)
- Time: 5:10PM PST – 7:10PM CST – 8:10PM EST
- Place: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL
- TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes | NBC Sports Chicago | MLB Extra Innings
The Indians could well be at a crossroads this weekend with a three-game series commencing against the White Sox, who are bolting toward the AL Central championship as they will look for home-field advantage in the American League playoffs.
Kansas City won its third in four against the White Sox last night as the Indians took two against the Cardinals early in the week. Cleveland looks to add to their 6-5 lead in the season series and cut into their 8.0 games deficit vs. Chicago in the standings.
Cleveland is 3-6 in their last nine games while the White Sox are 2-6 in their last eight games, so ultimately there is an urgency to win tonight for both teams and for each team to jump on the other and score early in the game.
Last Time Out
Cleveland’s Franmil Reyes blasted two home runs and Cesar Hernandez and Jose Ramirez also homered as the Indians clipped the Cardinals, 7-2, on Wednesday afternoon.
According to wire reports, Reyes’ second home run nearly hit a bicyclist who was pedaling by Progressive Field.
Reyes homered in the second and third inning as the Indians took control of the game in the third at 6-2 and never tailed again.
Zach Plesac took the win for the Tribe as he gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings before Cleveland closed with four relievers.
Kansas City’s Carlos Hernandez mastered the Chicago White Sox as he scattered four hits in six innings to propel the Royals to a 5-0 win over Chicago. Kansas City also tagged Chicago with a pair of one-run wins in taking a 3-1 victory in the series.
Chicago starter Carlos Rodon gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings as he fell to 8-5.
Cleveland Indians (52-47, ATS):
- The UNDER has been the call in 4 of the last 6 Indians’ games
- Cleveland is 3-6 SU in it’s last 9 games
- The Indians are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games
Chicago White Sox (54-48, ATS):
- The total has gone under in the last 5 ChiSox games
- The OVER has been the play in 5 of the last 7 Indians-White Sox
- Chicago is 8-3 SU in it’s last 11 games at home
The Batting Cage
The White Sox are up at .250 in batting average (10th/MLB) while the Indians still are only hitting .229 (24th/MLB). Cleveland has hit 125 home runs (16th/MLB) while the White Sox have 108 (25th/MLB). Both teams have hit 30 home runs in July.
Cleveland’s Bradley Zimmer has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games as he is 15×45 (.333) with two home runs and six RBI. Zimmer only posts a .194 average on the road (13×67) as he hits .308 at Progressive Field.
Franmil Reyes’ bat could be the catalyst to the Indians pushing for the wild card and they are not out of contention in the AL Central yet. Reyes went 3×3 on Wednesday and he is 21×72 (.291) with eight home runs and 19 RBI since his return from the IL on July 2.
The White Sox have homered 36 times in their last 25 games as they have homered in 17 games with 10 of those encompassing multi-homers.
Chicago needs slugger Jose Abreu to find his groove as he is only 1×20 in his last six games, but he has 22 RBI in his last 24 games.
Lead-off man Tim Anderson is struggling as well as he went 3×24 in the recent road trip, but has hit .317 with seven doubles and 21 runs over his last 24 outings.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Athletics||+1.5 (-110)||+185||O 8.5 (-110)|
|Padres||-1.5 (-110)||-215||U 8.5 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
On the Mound
J.C. Mejia (1-6, 7.52 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (10-3, 1.91 ERA) –
Mejia is the Indians’ sixth starter and he is 0-4 in July as he has had a tough time getting into the fifth inning this month. He has given up 21 runs on 23 hits in 17.0 innings in July while surrendering seven home runs. In his last start, he gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings tossing three home run balls in an 8-2 loss to the Rays.
Lynn is 3-0 in July with a no-decision as he has pitched potentially his best baseball in his last four games. He has given up only four runs on 19 hits in 25.0 innings this month. In the no decision which was a 3-2 loss to the Twins, Minnesota scored the most runs of any team in Lynn’s starts combined. The other three teams had a combined four touches of home plate.