Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Chicago White Sox, September 12-September 15

Chris Sale - Brian Kersey

The Indians head back out on the road with their final visit to the Windy City, to take on the cellar dwelling White Sox.

After a tense series with the Royals, the Indians head back to Chicago one last time for a four game series with the White Sox. Thursday's game is an 8:10 PM start, Friday's game is at 2:10 PM, Saturday's game is at 7:10 PM with the Sunday finale is at 2:10 PM. After the game, the Indians conclude this short trip with a three game set in Kansas City.

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Team in a Box

Chicago White Sox

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

58-87

Runs/Game

3.7

15th

Runs/Game

4.4

9th

AL Central

5th

OBP

303

14th

H/9

8.7

6th

Last 10

2-8

SLG

377

15th

BB/9

3.1

10th

Last 30

14-16

Steals

94

8th

SO/9

7.9

6th

*all stats thru Tuesday's games except for records.

The White Sox just finished losing two of three, but that occurred after one of the franchise's worst road trips ever. They took a tour of the Eastern seaboard and lost nine in a row to Boston, New York and Baltimore before salvaging the final game to finish 1-9. As you can see below, the lineup is fairly atrocious and the season numbers above do reflect that. They are dead last in runs and slugging and second to last in on base percentage. The pitching has been alright at times, but as we well know, when a team can't hit, it is tough to win games. Oh, and they lead the league in errors to boot. That always gives the pitchers confidence. But as we know, this team almost always plays us tough (the four game sweep earlier this season not withstanding). With the Tribe in the playoff hunt, a sweep is almost a necessity after losing two of three to the Royals. But if we pulled off a sweep, that would be our third four game sweep of them in one season, twice on the road. I don't like those odds.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

CF

Alejandro De Aza

L

619

263

320

405

92

2B

Gordon Beckham

R

350

274

330

375

88

SS

Alexei Ramirez

R

610

281

305

368

79

DH

Adam Dunn

L

560

221

321

442

102

1B

Paul Konerko

R

464

251

321

361

82

3B

Conor Gillaspie

L

399

255

313

396

88

LF

Dayan Viciedo

R

416

264

305

426

93

RF

Jordan Danks

L

121

243

306

378

82

C

Josh Phegley

R

168

215

223

319

43

With Alex Rios and his massive contract finally moving on, prospect Avisail Garcia (109 OPS+) was slotted to get some time in right, but Jordan Danks has been playing more often recently. Beckham was finally given his job back, relegating weak hitting Jeff Keppinger (53 OPS+) back to the bench. But still, this lineup almost has no punch whatsoever. Their best hitter is Dunn and he is having a down year. The other bench options consist of Leury Garcia (29 PA), Marcus Semien (8 PA), Bryan Anderson (7 PA) and Miguel Gonzalez (1 PA)

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Sept 12

John Danks (Kluber)

L

4.45

127.1

98

9.5

1.7

6.1

Sept 13

Hector Santiago (Salazar)

L

3.44

138.2

126

8.1

4.3

8.6

Sept 14

Andre Rienzo (Jimenez)

R

4.50

46.0

97

8.6

4.5

6.3

Sept 15

Chris Sale (McAllister)

L

2.90

195.2

150

7.5

1.9

9.5

Hmmm, three lefties in four games. That is the second time this season we've faced three lefties from the White Sox and the last series went extremely well. Danks has been a bit of a mess lately, 4.23 ERA in his past seven starts, nine homers, 1.411 WHIP, 6.2 K/9 and a 2-4 record. He has only faced us once, pitching a beaut, two hits, two runs no walks and four strikeouts in a no-decision. Santiago is only 1-2 in his last seven starts but has avoided some disasters. He has a 3.72 ERA, but 1.655 WHIP, and 6.8 K/9 in just 38.2 innings. He also made just one start against the Indians, but it was a disaster, seven hits, five runs, three walks and five strikeouts in just 2.1 innings. Rienzo made his debut against us on July 30. He pitched ok, six hits, three walks, three runs and six strikeouts in seven innings. He was cuffed around by Houston and Boston in two of his last three starts. He was good against the Orioles in his last outing, getting that lone victory on the road trip. Sale has been his usual self lately. He has a 3.38 ERA and 1.091 WHIP, 8.9 K/9 and 5-2 in his past eight starts, covering 58.2 innings. But he has really struggled against the Indians this season. He is 0-3 in three starts, 8.31 ERA, 1.615 WHIP and 9.9 K/9 in just 17.1 innings.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Addison Reed

R

3.55

66.0

123

7.2

2.3

9.1

Nate Jones

R

3.80

73.1

115

7.7

3.1

10.3

Matt Lindstrom

R

2.89

56.0

151

8.8

3.7

6.9

Reed has had a good season as closer. He has 37 saves, only 5 blown, and a 5-1 record. He did not do well in Baltimore last week though, three runs in 1.2 innings. The Indians have also teed off on him, seven hits, six runs, two walks, five strikeouts in just five innings and two of his blown saves. Jones moved up in the pecking order in August and has been very good, 3.10 ERA, seven holds, 1.082 WHIP and 12.0 K/9 covering 16 appearances. The Tribe has also hit him very hard, nine hits, six runs, one walk, two strikeouts in just 4.1 innings. Lindstrom has been fantastic over the past month or so. He has a sparkling 0.60 ERA, 1.067 WHIP, 8.4 K/9 covering 17 appearances. He has made four appearances, but only has 1.2 innings, seven hits, three runs, no walks and two strikeouts. Ramon Troncoso (84 ERA+), David Purcey (343), Donnie Veal (79), Dylan Axelrod (78), Jake Petricka (10 IP) and Charles Leesman (11.1 IP) round out the bullpen.

On the Shelf

  • SP Gavin Floyd (Tommy John surgery) - 60-day DL, out for season
  • C Tyler Flowers (right shoulder surgery) - 60-day DL, out for season
  • RP Brian Omogrosso (right elbow surgery) - 60-day DL, out for season

Floyd underwent surgery in May and hopes to return by late next season. Flowers injury has given prospect Josh Phegley his shot. Omogorsso is a bullpen arm.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

11

2

846

74

45

713

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

1011

1048

491

8765

8860

495

*Does not include 2013 stats

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