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White Sox look to extend win streak against Indians
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
- The Indians won two of three games in Boston in their most recent series. At one point during the series, Cleveland scored in nine consecutive innings (last two inn. of game 2 and first seven inn. of game 3), becoming the first visiting team to score in nine straight innings at Fenway in the park's 108 seasons.
- After getting swept in three games by the Twins in Minnesota from May 24-26, the White Sox rebounded with a three-game sweep at home over the Royals. Chicago is 8-2 at home against divisional opponents, compared to 5-10 on the road against AL Central teams this season.
- The Indians and the White Sox have split eight games so far this season -- each team has scored a total of 30 runs. Cleveland has out-homered Chicago by a single home run this season, 10-9.
- Oscar Mercado has batted second for Cleveland each of the last four games -- in that spot, he is batting .421 (8-for-19) with seven runs scored. Overall this season, Cleveland has averaged 5.7 runs per game in Mercado's 11 starts, compared to 3.7 runs per game when he is not in the starting lineup.
- Tim Anderson is batting .376 at home this season, which ranks fifth in MLB and first in the AL (min. 75 PA at home). Anderson, however, is batting just .256 at Guaranteed Rate Field during May, with zero home runs and one RBI.
- Carlos Carrasco has faced the White Sox twice this season, going 2-0 with no runs allowed in 12.0 innings. Over his last nine starts against the White Sox, Carrasco is 7-0 with a 0.73 ERA and a 17.55 strikeout-walk ratio (71/4) across 62.0 innings.
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Contending for the American League Central Division title may still be a tall order at this stage of the Chicago White Sox rebuild, but plenty of milestones and guideposts continue to loom along the way.
The White Sox can creep closer to one of them on Friday as they continue a four-game series against the visiting Cleveland Indians.
Chicago is just one game behind the Indians for second place, a standings perch the club hasn't occupied since the first 10 days of the 2018 season.
"We're getting better at adjusting, talking to each other, figuring things out," White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito said. "And the goal is to be able to compete at the level we know we can every series."
The White Sox have won each of their first four games to begin a seven-game homestand, beginning with a three-game sweep of the division foe Kansas City Royals.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson added fuel to the rivalry by saying that his disdain for the club is "going to be a forever beef for me."
Chicago manager Rick Renteria didn't seem to mind Anderson's passion.
"Timmy is a competitor," Renteria said. "And he's making no bones about, we're trying to win ballgames, we're trying to get better. ... We need a little bit of that fire. And that's a kind of an edge that hopefully will put us over the top."
So bring on the Royals -- and everyone else, for that matter.
"We don't like the Royals, the Indians, we don't like anybody that's not a White Sock, so let's make that clear," Renteria said. "Anybody that's not a White Sock, we don't like."
While the White Sox have won six of their past 11 games, the Indians are traveling in the opposite direction, losing eight of 12.
Veteran right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-4, 3.19 ERA) will aim to help Cleveland reverse its recent course. Bauer has endured a trying May, going 0-3 with a 6.52 ERA in five starts. The White Sox started Bauer on his rough course, reaching him for eight runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits in a home victory on May 6.
Bauer yielded two home runs in that game and has allowed 10 in 76 2/3 innings this season. His career record against the White Sox is 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 19 games (17 starts).
"His stuff is phenomenal, he's just not throwing it where he wants to," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He's not commanding. He's just not throwing it to where he wants to enough."
Right-hander Dylan Covey (0-4, 5.47) is set to get the call for Chicago, which is 1-4 in his five starts this season. Covey, who has shuttled between Chicago and Triple-A Charlotte in 2019, pitched six innings in his most recent outing against the Minnesota Twins and allowed each of his four runs in the third inning, punctuated by a three-run home run off the bat of Eddie Rosario.
In nine career games (six starts) against Cleveland, Covey is 1-3 with a 4.24 ERA.
Indians first baseman Carlos Santana enters Friday with a .320 average, five home runs and 15 RBIs in his past 15 games.
"I think every opponent picks out a guy or two and say we don't want him to beat us," Francona said. "And Carlos is an obvious choice with the way he's been swinging the bat (overall)."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 31, 2019