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Series preview: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

With the Tribe just barely clinging to stay in the playoff hunt, the White Sox make their final visit of the year to Progressive.

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Cy Young candidate Chris Sale
Cy Young candidate Chris Sale
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The season series with the White Sox concludes when they visit Progressive Field this weekend.

  • Friday's game is at 7:05 PM (Sale vs. House)
  • Saturday's game is at 7:05 PM (Quintana vs. Kluber)
  • Sunday's game is at 1:05 PM (Noesi vs. Carrasco)

Instead of an off day on Monday, the Angels will visit for a day game to make up for a previous rain out and then the Twins visit for three. Then the Indians take off for another three city tour.

Playoff Watch: Royals at Yankees, Giants at Tigers, Mariners at Rangers, Blue Jays at Red Sox, Astros at A's.

Team in a Box

Chicago White Sox

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

63-75

Runs/Game

4.2

8th

Runs/Game

4.8

14th

AL Central

4th

OBP

315

9th

H/9

9.1

11th

Last 10

4-6

SLG

404

5th

BB/9

3.5

15th

Last 30

10-20

Steals

75

9th

SO/9

7.1

12th

If you are wondering, didn't the Indians just play the White Sox, you are correct. They played just a week ago. Since the Tribe took of three in that series in Chicago, the White Sox split a four game series with the Tigers and split a two gamer in Minnesota.

Their offense in the past week has been decent, 4.5 runs/game and a 271/332/439 line, with seven home runs. But the power has come from unlikely sources, Tyler Flowers and Dayan Viciedo with three each. But the pitching has been poor in the past week, 5.7 runs/game. They have a terrible 1.500 WHIP and a 6.9 K/9 in those six games. They have been a tad unlucky too with a .362 BAbip too.

The Indians will need a sweep to win the season series. Even one loss will give the White Sox the better record in the 19 games. Other than last years' ridiculous 17-2 record against them, the last time they won a season series was back in 2007.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Tyler Flowers

R

404

240

678

1B

Jose Abreu

R

525

320

983

2B

Carlos Sanchez

S

51

320

693

3B

Conor Gillaspie

L

441

297

785

SS

Alexei Ramirez

R

535

282

734

LF

Dayan Viciedo

R

489

235

688

CF

Adam Eaton

L

489

235

688

RF

Avisail Garcia

R

99

233

726

DH

Paul Konerko

R

202

220

616

IF

Leury Garcia

S

142

180

434

C

Adrian Nieto

S

108

240

628

OF

Moises Sierra

R

120

289

746

OF

Jordan Danks

L

90

190

556

C

Josh Phegley*

R

467

274

530

IF

Marcus Semien

R

186

218

608

IF

Andy Wilkins*

L

529

293

896

OF

Michael Taylor*

R

512

275

808

*stats in AAA

The major changes to the roster include putting prospect Sanchez as the full time second baseman, the deal of Alejandro De Aza to the Orioles for two minor leaguers, and the dealing of Adam Dunn to the A's for a minor leaguer. Sierra was activated from the DL and the following guys were called up for the September roster expansion: Phegley, Semiein, Wilkins and Taylor.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Chris Sale

L

2.11

149.0

0.940

10.8

Jose Quintana

L

3.44

172.2

1.251

7.6

John Danks

L

4.88

164.0

1.470

6.0

Hector Noesi#

R

4.70

147.1

1.385

6.7

Chris Babbitt**

R

1.56

34.2

1.154

9.3

Jake Petricka

R

2.73

66.0

1.318

6.8

Matt Lindstrom

R

4.56

25.2

1.558

6.0

Ronald Belisario

R

5.85

60.0

1.383

6.5

Daniel Webb

R

3.54

61.0

1.443

7.1

Zach Putnam

R

1.82

49.1

1.014

7.5

Javy Guerra

R

2.82

38.1

1.357

8.0

Maikel Cleto

R

5.32

22.0

1.636

8.2

Scott Snodgrass**

L

3.89

122.2

1.394

5.8

Scott Carroll

R

5.07

108.1

1.551

4.3

Eric Surkamp

L

6.46

15.1

1.435

6.5

#Stats include time with Mariners and Rangers; ** AA stats

We missed Sale last series, and probably a good thing too. When he pitched against Detroit last time out, he struck out 13 in seven innings, but did give up two homers. He has made two starts against the Tribe, one that was rain shortened to just three innings. He only lasted five in the other start, but gave up three runs. The Indians actually lit up Quintana pretty good last week, six runs in five innings. But he righted himself against the Tigers, winning 6-2 with seven innings pitched.  Noesi had a really good start against the Tribe, two runs in seven innings. He beat the Twins 6-3 in his last start.

With the September 1 roster expansion, Carroll appears to have been replaced by rookie Babbitt. And Babbitt's teammate Snodgrass also gets his first cup of coffee. Surkamp was also recalled for his second stint with the team.

On the Shelf

  • SP Felipe Paulino [15 day DL], no timetable for return
  • RP Nate Jones [15 day DL], out for season

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

7

9

438

71

69

513

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

1024

1057

492

8880

8941

497

*Does not include 2014 stats

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