Series preview: Indians at White Sox (May 26-28)

Dance, dance, dance - Jonathan Daniel

The Indians wrap up this trip, with their second visit to Chicago, and their division rival White Sox.

The Tribe end this seven game trip with a three game set in the Windy City and the Chicago White Sox.

  • Monday's game is at 2:10 PM (Tomlin vs. Quintana)
  • Tuesday's game is at 8:10 PM (Masterson vs. Sale)
  • Wednesday's game is at 8:10 PM (House vs. Noesi)

After a much needed day off, the Indians are home for six games, three each from the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox.

Division Watch: Tigers at A's, Astros at Royals, Rangers at Twins.

Team in a Box

Chicago White Sox

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

25-27

Runs/Game

4.8

2nd

Runs/Game

5.1

15th

AL Central

4th

OBP

323

9th

H/9

8.9

13th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

410

4th

BB/9

4.2

15th

Last 30

14-16

Steals

30

8th

SO/9

6.9

13th

The Tribe lost three of four in Chicago way back in week two of the season, but did take two of three from them in May at Progressive. The White Sox have been dealing with multiple injuries this season, including both their top pitcher and hitter. Their offense has slowed down from the breakneck pace in April, but is still scoring runs in bunches. They are first in hits, second in homers and fifth in OPS.

The pitching staff has been hit very hard this season. They are dead last in a few categories and bottom five in the rest. Their defense has been poor as well. They would be last in fielding if not for your very own Indians aversion to throwing the ball well. But they have turned the second most double plays.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Tyler Flowers

R

154

312

781

1B

Paul Konerko

R

85

179

531

2B

Gordon Beckham

R

129

289

741

3B

Conor Gillaspie

L

130

331

793

SS

Alexei Ramirez

R

214

322

844

LF

Alejandro De Aza

L

185

174

521

CF

Adam Eaton

L

149

284

715

RF

Dayan Viciedo

R

196

279

778

DH

Adam Dunn

L

176

246

876

IF

Leury Garcia

S

51

217

548

IF

Marcus Semien

R

167

221

619

OF

Moises Sierra*

R

76

183

463

C

Adrian Nieto

S

39

324

748

*Includes stats with Blue Jays

The Jeff Keppinger experiment ended last week. Gillespie, Beckham and Eaton have returned from their earlier injuries. Sierra was claimed on waivers in early May from the Blue Jays and Nieto has settled into the backup catcher role. But, the huge loss was Jose Abreu landing on the DL. He won't be available for this series thankfully as four of his 15 homers have been against us.

Ramirez is having an All-Star caliber season and has a 916 OPS against us. Gillaspie (932) and Dunn (994) have also torched our staff this year. But ut is Eaton who has hit the best, with a 375/524/750 line.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Chris Sale

L

1.89

33.1

0.720

10.5

Jose Quintana

L

3.67

61.1

1.272

7.2

John Danks

L

4.90

60.2

1.418

6.7

Andre Rienzo

R

4.39

41.0

1.317

7.0

Hector Noesi

R

5.14

28.0

1.536

7.1

Ronald Belisario

R

5.14

28.0

1.214

7.1

Daniel Webb

R

2.39

26.1

1.405

6.8

Scott Downs

L

6.11

17.2

1.698

8.2

Jake Petricka

R

1.63

27.2

1.265

6.2

Zach Putnam

R

1.69

21.1

0.844

5.9

Javy Guerra

R

4.50

2.0

1.000

13.5

Scott Carroll

R

6.35

28.1

1.871

3.5

Sale just returned from the DL last week and pitched well against the Yankees. He was just ok back in the April series while missing the May series against the Tribe. We miss Danks, but do get the other lefty Quintatn. He had a no decision in the April series. Noesi has been hit very hard this year but has not faced the Tribe yet.

Closer Lindstrom landed on the DL with a nasty ankle injury and the closing duties have fallen to Belisario. He has not pitched particularly well and blew his last save opportunity. They only carry one matchup lefty, Downs, and he did not pitch well in his 1.1 innings (3 games) this season. Webb, Petricka and LGFT Putnam look to be the best arms in the pen so far this season. Carroll is strictly a mop up guy and Guerra was just claimed on waivers last week. Maikel Cleto was designated for assignment a few weeks back.

On the Shelf

  • 1B Jose Abreu [15 day DL], expected back June 2
  • RF Avisail Garcia [60 day DL], out for season
  • CL Matt Lindstrom [15 day DL], possible August return
  • SP Felipe Paulino [15 day DL], on AAA rehab
  • RP Nate Jones [15 day DL] , no timetable for return

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

3

4

429

41

35

572

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

1020

1052

492

8850

8907

497

*Does not include 2014 stats

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