Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Chicago White Sox, June 28-June 30

Tribe killer Alexei - USA TODAY Sports

The Indians try to continue their road success with their second visit to the Windy City to face off against the rival White Sox.

We haven't seen the White Sox since late April. Unfortunately, during that series, the Tuesday game was washed out, hence this weekend's four games in three days. Friday's opener is scheduled for a 5:10 PM start with the nightcap tentatively set for 8:10 PM. Saturday's start is set for 4:10 PM and the finale on Sunday is slated for 2:10 PM. After a day off the road trip concludes with three more in Kansas City.

Team in a Box

Chicago White Sox

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

32-43

Runs/Game

3.7

15th

Runs/Game

4.2

4th

AL Central

5th

OBP

29

15th

H/9

8.2

1st

Last 10

4-6

SLG

375

14th

BB/9

3.1

7th

Last 30

11-19

Steals

46

8th

SO/9

8.0

8th

The White Sox have struggled this season and have been 9.5 games back of Detroit for 10 games now. They are 2.5 back of the Twins for fourth. It is pretty easy to see why they are in last, their hitting has been atrocious. They are bottom three in most categories and dead last in runs, hits, walks, on base percentage and OPS. Their team OPS+ is a mere 79. The piching has been good though, they are top five in most categories including leading the leagu in fewest hits allowed. They also lead the league with nine shutotus. Their dfense has been very poor as well, third worst in fielding percentage and ninth in double plays turned.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

CF

Alejandro De Aza

L

318

253

302

410

89

SS

Alexei Ramirez

R

314

280

308

345

102

RF

Alex Rios

R

317

276

335

459

111

1B

Adam Dunn

L

294

194

303

460

102

DH

Paul Konerko

R

276

253

319

373

86

3B

Conor Gillaspie

L

216

246

306

374

82

LF

Dayan Viciedo

R

212

227

264

364

67

2B

Gordan Beckham

R

101

309

340

383

95

C

Tyler Flowers

R

202

214

267

374

70

No wonder Robin Ventura is pulling his hair out. This lineup looks fairly benign in 2013, but historically De Aza, Dunn, Ramirez and Beckham have usually given the Tribe hurlers fits. I have penciled in Konerko but he has missed the past three games with a bad back. If he continues to sit, I would expect to see Keppinger (59 OPS+) in the lineup. Other bench options include Casper Wells (32), Brent Morel (81, 3 PA) and Hector Gimenez (71).

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

June 28 Gm 1

Hector Santiago (Bauer)

L

3.03

65.1

143

6.9

4.3

9,0

June 28 Gm 2

Jose Quintana (Carrasco)

L

3.83

87.0

113

8.6

2.7

6.6

June 29

Dylan Axelrod

(Jimenez)

R

4.57

84.2

94

10.2

2.9

5.1

June 30

Chris Sale (Masterson)

L

2.75

98.1

157

6.5

2.1

9.5

Hmmm, three lefties in four games. Hopefully we can do well against them. All three lefties have been good this year, with Sale exceptional. He has been really hurt by run support this year. The Indians beat up on him in his only start against them this season, eight earned runs in just 4.1 innings. Quintana threw seven shutout innings in his first start, allowing only one hit, no walks and striking out seven. He got the win in game two, but only lasted five innings, giving up two runs. Axelrod pitched six effective innings in his only start, one run, three hits and four strikeouts. We haven't faced Santiago yet in 2013, but he has been good historically, 2.76 ERA in 16.1 innings and a 11.0 K/9.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Addison Reed

R

3.09

35.0

141

6.4

2.3

9.8

Matt Thornton

L

3.33

24.1

131

8.1

3.3

6.7

Jesse Crain

R

0.52

34.2

837

6.8

2.9

11.9

Reed has been very effective in his nine appearances against the Tribe, only allowing two runs back in 2011. He has two saves in two chances this season against and only allowed two baserunners in three innings. Crain has a career 2.08 ERA in 65 innings and a 1.123 WHIP against the Tribe. He has been basically unhittable this season, his last earned run came against us on April 12. Thornton has typically struggled against us, 4.75 ERA in 66.1 innings, 1,432 WHIP. And 2013 hasn't been all that great either, 2.45 ERA with a 1.364 WHIP and 4.9 K/9 in 3.2 innings. Matt Lindstrom (168 ERA+), Nate Jones (94), Ramon Troncoso (101) and Brian Omogrosso (86)) are the other pen options.

On the Shelf

  • SP Gavin Floyd (torn UCL right elbow) - 60-day DL, out for season
  • 1B Paul Konerko (back soreness) - day to day, possibly this series
  • SP Jake Peavy (left rib fracture) - 15-day DL, possibly late July
  • CF Dewayne Wise (strained right hamstring) - 15-day DL, on AAA rehab

I would expect to see both Konerko and Wise in this series. Our revenge against Peavy will have to wait.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

3

2

600

16

12

629

2012

7

11

389

72

120

282

Last 5*

38

52

422

415

462

451

Last 10*

82

102

446

897

926

485

All-Time

1003

1048

489

8707

8827

494

*Does not include 2013 stats

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