Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Match Preview

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Match Preview

Ryan Knupp
2 years ago
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After an unbelievable pitcher’s duel on Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians (6-4) are set to square off with the Chicago White Sox (5-6) once again on Wednesday, the third game in a four-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 pm ET from Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

On Tuesday, Shane Bieber of Cleveland and Lucas Giolito of Chicago showed why they are two of the best in the business. It took extras to win, but Bieber went nine scoreless innings and struck out 11. Giolito went seven strong, striking out eight.

In the end, though, it was a Roberto Perez single that scored the go-ahead run, and an Amed Rosario double that secured the 2-0, 10th inning win for Cleveland.

Tied at a game apiece now, both teams will be looking to gain the edge in the series on Wednesday.

The White Sox are the favorite playing at home. They are -126 to win while the Indians’ moneyline is +108. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 while the over/under for total runs is 7.5.

Pitching Matchup

On Wednesday, the Indians will send righty Zach Plesac (1-1, 1.38 ERA) to the bump. In his last outing, a 4-1 win over the Tigers, he went seven innings, allowing just three hits, no earned runs, and six strikeouts.

The White Sox will counter with lefty Carlos Rodon. He was supposed to go in Monday’s game but was affected by a stomach bug. In his lone start, a 6-0 win over the Mariners, he went five scoreless while walking three and striking out nine.

By The Numbers

In terms of team batting average, the White Sox come in with a slight advantage. They rank 11th in the majors, hitting .236 as a team. The Indians fall to 20th with a team batting average of .220.

In terms of earned run average, it is Cleveland who holds the edge. They rank fifth as a staff with a 2.87 ERA. The White Sox rank 11th with an ERA of 3.71.

Indians Riding Pitching

The Indians would obviously love to score more than two runs per game, but if their pitchers throw the way Bieber did on Tuesday, they won’t need to. While Zach Plesac is certainly capable of putting up a similar performance, the Indians will look to get the bats going as well.

In his career, White Sox starter Carlos Rodon has done a nice job against the Indians, but third baseman Jose Ramirez has had some success. In 33 at bats, Ramirez is batting .273 with five runs batted in. Still, no one in the Indians’ lineup has homered off of the southpaw.

Designated Franmil Reyes continues to have the best stats in the early going this season. In 36 at bats, he is hitting .278/.325/.667 with four home runs and eight runs batted in (both of which lead the Indians).

White Sox Look To Bounce Back From Tough Loss

Lucas Giolito was absolutely dealing on Tuesday. Unfortunately for Chicago fans, he was opposed by a reigning A.L. Cy Young winner in Bieber.

While the disappointing extra-inning loss was tough to swallow for the White Sox, they will look to bounce back on Wednesday.

Just like the Indians with Rodon, the White Sox have not had a ton of success off of Zach Plesac. Granted, the sample size is pretty small, but only Yasmani Grandal has a run batted in against Plesac, but even he has gone just one for nine in his career against the righty.

For the White Sox, the two hottest hitters continue to be Adam Eaton (three home runs, ten runs batted in) and Yermin Mercedes (two home runs, seven runs batted in, .485 batting average).

Indians Making Life Tough Again On White Sox

The beauty of the Cleveland Indians is that they can follow up their ace with another legitimate starter. Zach Plesac has shown signs of brilliance, and he will hope to keep Chicago’s bats quiet for the second day in a row.

The biggest question in this game will be Carlos Rodon. If he pitches like his first outing, the Indians could struggle. However, he has been anything but consistent throughout his career, so his performance will likely have a big impact on the outcome.

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