The Cleveland Indians are likely going to feel great to get back home to Progressive Field. They took a beating in Tampa against the Rays, as they got swept in three games over the weekend. After pounding the Tigers for a combined score of 16-3, the Indians find out that the Rays are definitely not the Tigers. Cleveland did what they had to do against an inferior team, but struggled against better competition in Florida.
The Rays are a team they are competing with for a wildcard, so it’s a big hit for the Tribe. They could have had homefield advantage in the Wild Card Game going into this week. Having said that, the Yankees helped them out yesterday to keep the Athletics at bay.
The Indians have a half game advantage on the A’s going into Monday. They’re a half game up on the A’s and a half game behind the Rays for homefield. If the postseason started today, the Indians would be staying in Tampa to play the Rays again at the Tropicana. I don’t think they’d like that, as the past three days did not go swimmingly. Their best effort was a 9-6 loss Saturday, so there wasn’t much to be happy about.
They’ll get to start fresh on Labor Day against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. The White Sox just suffered a sweep of their own, as the Braves capped off a successful weekend with a 5-3 win yesterday. They haven’t won a game since August 25th against the Rangers and will be looking to avoid a seven-game losing streak today.
It will be up to Ross Detwiler of the White Sox to hold the Indians’ offense at bay to start the game. He’s been around since 2007 and has been acting as an ineffective band-aid in their rotation. Rookie, Aaron Civale, will make his seventh major league start Monday. He’s been hot and will look to keep it rolling against the reeling White Sox. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Indians pick.
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Ross Detwiler is not pitching because the White Sox want him in their rotation. Just like how the Tigers have Edwin Jackson pitching in their rotation, they’re merely there to fill in until the season comes to an end. Detwiler is No. 5 on the depth chart of a bad pitching staff, so the White Sox will be looking at a replacement for the back of their rotation in 2019. The top is solidified with Lucas Giolito, but the talent level falls off significantly after him.
Detwiler heads into Cleveland with a shaky 6.45 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 51.2 innings of work. He hasn’t had a quality season since 2012 with the Nationals. That’s the last time his ERA has been below 4.00, so he’s been living off the success he’s had from back then. 2019 marks the most starts Detwiler has had since 13 in 2013.
He will be making his 15th appearance and 9th start this evening in Cleveland. Detwiler hasn’t had any success on the road up to this point. His numbers have been ugly, with a 11.05 ERA and 2.32 WHIP in 14.2 innings. The Indians are likely going to find Detwiler a lot easier to hit than Charlie Morton on Sunday. Meanwhile, Aaron Civale will be looking for another solid start in what will be his first outing against the White Sox in his career.
Civale has faced some pretty solid offense thus far in his young career and he’s handled them all wonderfully. He’s played the Twins, Yankees, Mets, and Rangers all of which are capable offenses. Civale didn’t allow more than 2 runs against any of them and hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any of his other outings, too.
He enters with a stellar 1.96 ERA and 0.90 WHIP, which gets even better at home in Cleveland. Civale has been nearly unhittable, with a 0.75 ERA and 0.75 WHIP at home. After getting blasted in Tampa, expect the Indians to respond and look much better back at Progressive Field tonight. Look for the Indians to be in control throughout this contest, with a win by 2 or more runs Monday night.