Carlos Carrasco (8-6, 3.21 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (68-49) meet Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 8.71 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (56-62) in the second of a three-game division series at Progressive Field. The Indians won the last game 3-1, and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and will air on STOh and WPWR.
In his last start, Carrasco pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out eight in a 13-3 victory over the Angels. Jason Kipnis (.294, 72 Rs, 20 HRs, 66 RBIs, 11 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. The White Sox were unsuccessful against the Cubs 8-1 the last time Ranaudo pitched. He went 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, striking out three and walking four.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the AL Central, the Indians have a SU record of 31-16. The Indians are a nightmare on the bases for opponents with 100 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. As for the Cleveland defense and pitching staff, teams routinely struggle to score runs against the Indians, who allow only 4.2 runs per game. The Indians are the best in the AL in hits allowed, giving up just 8.2 per game.
Against teams in their division, the White Sox are 19-27 SU.
The Indians have gotten the best of the White Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-2. The right-handed Carrasco will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 44-50 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
The Indians sit at 32-16 against their divisional rivals, while the White Sox are 19-28.
The Indians are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 20-36 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 9-46. The Indians have an 8-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 118 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 with 152.
Ranking 10th, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.60 per game. Cleveland ranks in the top five at third with 9.16.
Ranking 22nd, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). Cleveland ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .774.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 32-42, well-matched with the Indians who are 42-43 when allowing at least one homer.