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The Cleveland Indians face the White Sox with their postseason hopes on life support

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Another four games have come off the schedule and the Tribe still sits four games off the pace. This time however they trail the Astros rather than the Rangers. And they still haven’t managed to break that elusive 0.500 record since week one.

Jose Abreu crushing yet another homer off Tribe pitching
Jose Abreu crushing yet another homer off Tribe pitching
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The final division foe on this long home stand will be the Chicago rival White Sox. Just a week ago, the Indians took two of three in Comiskey. The teams originally split a two gamer at Progressive in April but then the Tribe lost two of three in Chicago a week later. They swept the White Sox at Comiskey in mid-May during first hot streak of the year, but the Sox returned the favor in July when they took all four games in Progressive. The White Sox still hold a 9-7 advantage on the season.

  • Friday 7:10 PM: Chris Sale (L) vs. Cody Anderson (R)
  • Saturday 7:10 PM: Carlos Rodon (L) vs. Carlos Carrasco (R)
  • Sunday 1:10 PM: John Danks (L) vs. Josh Tomlin (R)

The Upcoming Schedule: After a day off on Monday, the Tribe takes their final road trip of the season. They will visit Minnesota in a critical Wild Card showdown and then off to Kansas City for the division leading Royals.

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Playoff Watch: Royals at Tigers, Red Sox at Blue Jays, Mariners at Rangers, Yankees at Mets, A's at Astros, Angels at Twins, Orioles at Rays.

Team in a Box

Chicago White Sox

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2015 Record

69-76

Runs/Game

4.0

14th

Runs/Game

4.4

10th

AL Central

4th

OBP

309

12th

H/9

9.0

11th

Last 10

4-6

SLG

386

15th

BB/9

2.9

8th

Last 30

14-16

Steals

62

12th

SO/9

8.5

4th

The White Sox lost the last series but it was fairly competitive. The Indians won 3-2 in the opener, lost the second game 7-4 and then won the finale 6-4. The White Sox then lost two of three to the Twins and split a four game set with the A's.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

wRC+

C

Tyler Flowers

R

333

231

645

77

1B

Jose Abreu

R

603

297

874

136

2B

Carlos Sanchez

S

371

231

604

63

3B

Tyler Saladino

R

228

236

610

65

SS

Alexei Ramirez

R

563

252

649

74

LF

Melky Cabrera

S

620

276

715

94

CF

Adam Eaton

L

621

278

775

114

RF

Avisail Garcia

R

547

265

692

88

DH

Adam LaRoche

L

473

211

645

79

IF

Gordon Beckham

R

222

205

567

53

C

Geovany Soto

R

200

230

739

103

OF

J.B. Shuck

L

153

275

712

98

IF

Micah Johnson

L

105

239

603

71

OF

Trayce Thompson

R

66

377

1113

205

1B

Mike Olt #

R

58

222

665

81

C

Rob Brantly

L

18

188

597

53

IF

Leury Garcia

S

11

200

473

33

# includes stats with Cubs

Last week it was Abreu and Thompson who stole the show.  Abreu crushed two homers off Bauer and Tomlin while Thompson also hit one off Tomlin. Brantly hit his first of the year off Carrasco. And Garcia went 6-11 in all three games.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

FIP

IP

WHIP

K/9

Jeff Samardzija

R

5.27

4.29

198.0

1.35

7.0

Chris Sale

L

3.45

3.15

190.1

1.29

7.8

Jose Quintana

L

3.55

2.55

187.2

1.08

12.0

John Danks

L

4.56

4.53

161.2

1.36

6.3

Carlos Rodon

L

3.94

3.87

125.2

1.46

9.4

Dave Robertson

R

3.14

2.33

57.1

0.92

12.1

Zach Duke

L

3.47

4.62

57.0

1.30

9.9

Dan Jennings

L

4.20

3.49

49.1

1.40

7.5

Jake Petricka

R

3.94

3.48

48.0

1.48

6.0

Zach Putnam

R

3.48

4.28

44.0

1.25

11.9

Matt Albers

R

1.30

3.58

34.2

1.10

7.0

Scott Carroll

R

3.60

3.95

30.0

1.50

6.6

Daniel Webb

R

3.95

5.23

27.1

1.83

5.9

Erik Johnson

R

3.74

6.97

17.0

1.35

6.4

Nate Jones

R

3.86

5.41

16.1

1.10

12.7

Frankie Montas

R

1.29

2.58

7.0

1.29

10.3

The Tribe opens with Chris Sale again, who the Tribe beat on three solo home runs. Then the Twins absolutely pummeled him. He lasted just three innings, giving up six runs on nine hits and struck out just three. Rodon was the reason the Tribe lost the lone game in the last series. He allowed just a single run on five hits, with one walk and eight strikeouts in seven innings. He hasn't pitched since that game however. Instead of Samardzija, this time the Indians get to face Danks. In his past five starts, he has a 4.50 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 6.1 K/9 in 34 innings. Danks has been ineffective against the Indians to say the least. In three starts, he has a 6.75 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 5.6 K/9 covering just 16 innings.

On the Shelf

  • No injuries noted

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2015

7

9

438

45

65

338

2014

10

9

526

78

71

543

Last 5*

50

42

543

435

419

517

Last 10*

92

92

500

898

837

532

All-Time

1034

1066

492

8932

9008

496

*Does not include 2015 stats

Prediction: As much as I'd love to call for a sweep (and if the Tribe truly wants to stay in the race, they will need it), beating three lefties in a row is a huge task for this offense. I think they split the Sale/Rodon starts and beat Danks for a 2-1 series win.