Monday September 7th 2015, 2:10 ET, U.S Cellular Field
TV: STO, MLB.TV
On the one hand, I get it. Chris Sale is one of the toughest left handed starters in the game. Maybe you protect those good lefties, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley, early and bring them in late. But, on the other hand, shouldn't you stack your lineup with your best hitters against the stiffest competition? Jason Kipnis owns a career .631 OPS in 19 PAs against Sale. He also now owns a .357 OPS against Verlander in 48 PAs, more than any other pitcher. And Sale's splits don't really show any drastic different this year between lefties and righties, he's simply awesome against both.
But, alas, we get Mike Aviles hitting 2nd and the indomitable Jerry Sands hitting 7th. Because apparently this playoff push isn't real after all. If we manage to win this one, I won't eat my hat, but I will admit to being wrong. Time will tell!
|CLEVELAND INDIANS||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Francisco Lindor - SS||Adam Eaton - CF|
|Mike Aviles - 2B||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|Carlos Santana - 1B||Jose Abreu - 1B|
|Ryan Raburn - RF||Melky Cabrera - LF|
|Yan Gomes - C||Avisail Garcia - DH|
|Chris Johnson - DH||J.B. Shuck - RF|
|Jerry Sands - LF||Mike Olt - 3B|
|Abraham Almonte - CF||Carlos Sanchez - 2B|
|Giovanny Urshela - 3B||Tyler Flowers - C|
|Trevor Bauer - RHP||Chris Sale - LHP|