In the first of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (35-30) and the Chicago White Sox (33-33) at Progressive Field, Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.69 ERA) and Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.66 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 17 and will air on STOh and CSCh.
In his last start, Bauer pitched 8.0 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Angels. The White Sox were unsuccessful against the Royals 4-1 the last time Quintana pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing three runs and striking out 10. Adam Eaton (.276, 28 Rs, 3 HRs, 22 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI.
The Indians are a slight -115 favorite with a total of 8.
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The Indians hold an 18-10 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 12-15 in these games.
When leading after seven innings, Chicago is 16-15, while Cleveland is 15-15.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Indians have a 4-7 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 23-5. The White Sox have a 23-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Chicago sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 273 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 12th with 301.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.704). Cleveland ranks in the top half with an OPS of .732.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 17-23, well-matched with the Indians who are 21-25 when allowing at least one homer.