Series preview: White Sox at Indians (May 2-4)

The torch has been passed from Thomas to Konerko, and now to Abreu - David Banks

The Indians have their first repeat opponent in 2014, the division rival White Sox.

The Tribe begin this homestand with three games against our division rival, the Chicago White Sox.

  • Friday's game is at 7:05 PM ET (Danks vs. Salazar)
  • Saturday's game is at 6:05 PM ET (Carroll vs. Masterson)
  • Sundays's game is at 1:05 PM ET (Rienzo vs. Kluber)

The Minnesota Twins visit next for four games before the Indians head back on the road to visit Tampa and Toronto.

Division Watch: Tigers at Royals, Orioles at Twins.

Team in a Box

Chicago White Sox

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

14-15

Runs/Game

5.3

1st

Runs/Game

5.2

15th

AL Central

4th

OBP

333

4th

H/9

9.2

15th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

431

2nd

BB/9

4.5

15th

Last 30

-

Steals

19

7th

SO/9

6.8

13th

Since the Indians lost three of four to the White Sox earlier this season, the injury bug has hit Chicago pretty hard. Avisail Garcia was hurt just before our series, and since then 3B Conor Gillaspie and starting pitchers Chris Sale and Felipe Paulino have all landed on the DL.

The Sox have been hitting lights out most of the season (after being a terrible offensive team last season), but they are a .500 squad because their pitching staff is dead last in most categories. Hopefully our struggling offense can get healthy against them.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Tyler Flowers

R

88

354

812

1B

Jose Abreu

R

128

270

953

2B

Gordon Beckham

R

27

160

422

3B

Marcus Semien

R

130

225

654

SS

Alexei Ramirez

R

121

351

910

LF

Alejandro De Aza

L

102

185

614

CF

Adam Eaton

L

110

281

749

RF

Dayan Viciedo

R

100

348

938

DH

Adam Dunn

L

97

269

915

IF

Leury Garcia

S

30

269

706

1B

Paul Konerko

R

34

219

485

OF

Jordan Danks

L

37

094

404

C

Adrian Nieto

S

22

190

429

Jose Abreu has been downright silly in his first month in the league. He leads the league in homers and RBI, as well as slugging. He's not just the easy front runner for Rookie of the Year, he's a legitimate MVP candidate at the moment. He looks like an incredible signing for Chicago, and might become a guy we all dread seeing at the plate.

Beckham recently returned from an injury, but still looks rusty. Viciedo and Ramirez are continuing to smash the ball. Viciedo has always been a thorn in the Cleveland side, with a 872 OPS in 170 PA, while Ramirez only has a 707 OPS in 437 PA, but has hit 12 home runs against the Tribe. In the previous series between the two teams, it was Eaton who headlined their hot hitting (1413 OPS).

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Jose Quintana

L

4.00

36.0

1.333

8.0

John Danks

R

3.48

31.0

1.419

5.2

Andre Rienzo

R

4.05

13.1

1.275

5.4

Scott Carroll

R

1.23

7.1

1.091

3.7

Matt Lindstrom

R

3.75

12.0

1.583

4.5

Ronald Belisario

R

6.32

15.2

1.277

5.7

Daniel Webb

R

2.87

15.2

1.340

7.5

Scott Downs

L

6.00

9.0

1.889

8.0

Maikel Cleto

R

2.89

9.1

1.929

5.8

Jake Petricka

R

2.16

16.2

1.440

7.0

Zach Putnam

R

1.80

10.0

1.000

7.2

Hector Noesi

R

7.20

5.0

1.400

5.4

Three of their starters in the rotation are no longer there. Sale and Paulino both ended on the DL while Erik Johnson was sent down. Luckily we miss their only lefty, Quintana, so Chisenhall hopefully gets to start all three games. Danks got the win in his start last series, but was not dominant. Rienzo made his major league debut against us last year, but ended up with two losses. Carroll made his MLB debut against the Rays last week and pitched excellent.

There was a minor shakeup in the pen too. Donnie Veal was outrighted, which leaves just one lefty in the pen. That should benefit the Tribe. And without a need for a fifth starter until next week, Noesi was added to the pen. The former Mariner is already on his thrid team this season, with a stop in Texas before landing in Chicago.

On the Shelf

  • RF Avisail Garcia [60 day DL], out for season
  • 3B Conor Gillaspie [15 day DL], no timetable for return
  • SP Chris Sale [15 day DL], possible early May return
  • SP Felipe Paulino [15 day DL], no timetable for return
  • IF Jeff Keppinger [15 day DL] , in extended spring training
  • RP Nate Jones [15 day DL] , no timetable for return

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

1

3

250

24

26

463

2013

17

2

895

118

57

791

Last 5*

48

43

527

441

435

506

Last 10*

91

93

495

926

887

520

All-Time

1018

1051

492

8833

8898

497

*Does not include 2014 stats

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