The Cleveland Indians let Tuesday night get away from them against the Chicago White Sox. They watched a 5-2 lead evaporate in the 8th inning after Mike Clevinger left the game and Carlos Carrasco blew it. In Carrasco’s first game since beating leukemia, he was hammered as a reliever out of the bullpen.
The White Sox were able to erase the strong performance by Clevinger with a James McCann 3-run bomb. That tied the game up and then the White Sox went ahead on an Eloy Jimenez deep shot immediately after. Terry Francona is shouldering the blame from fans after he went to Carrasco out of the bullpen instead of keeping things routine.
Carrasco may prove to be a valuable asset for the Indians down the stretch, but he got a rude welcome back by the White Sox. The win for the White Sox was only their first in eight games. They were looking lifeless before Carrasco came out and delivered meatballs in the 8th last night.
That was enough to break the White Sox out of this funk, but we’ll see if they can capitalize on it and win their second in a row. This would be the first time the White Sox have won two games in a row since August 23rd against the Rangers.
The Rangers aren’t going to the postseason, so this would likely be more satisfying over a divisional foe who are on the cusp of the Wild Card Game. Shane Bieber will be responsible for starting duties for the Indians tonight. Meanwhile, the White Sox are expected to counter with veteran and former Yankee, Ivan Nova. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Indians pick.
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The All-Star Game MVP has been an unlikely savior of the Indians’ rotation this season. With Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco both having to sit out, Bieber is the most notable guy to step up. Aaron Civale is beginning to get some credit as well, but Bieber was good enough to go to the All-Star Game and win the MVP award at home in Cleveland. And regarding Kluber, he had a setback in a rehab and was shut down recently because of oblique tightness.
Pressure has been on Bieber, especially as the stakes continue to get higher deeper into the regular season. He’s handled everything extremely well and hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since July 19th against the Royals. In his most recent appearance, Bieber allowed 3 runs to end a streak of seven straight outings with 2 runs allowed or less. In his last three starts, he’s posted a rock solid 3.26 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
Nova has been rather inconsistent for the White Sox. In spots he’s looked like the guy we watched pitch with the Yankees earlier in his career. However, there’s been bad Nova as well. He is coming off a poor showing against the Braves, as he allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs in 4 innings of work.
His history against the Tribe has been shaky, as they’re hitting .302 with a .341 OBP in 126 at-bats. Nova has managed to get out of trouble in his last three starts with a 4.20 ERA. Considering he had a 1.80 WHIP and .394 OBA in his previous three outings, he was putting plenty of runners on the bases. After collapsing last night, expect the Indians to take a lead and not let go in this one. Consider the Indians on the runline to win by 2 or more runs Wednesday at Progressive Field.