2019-09-04 18:10:00 EDT
The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet in game three of their four game AL Central division set in MLB action from Progressive Field on Wednesday night.
The Chicago White Sox will look to build some steam after snapping their seven game losing streak, evening the series up at one win apiece following a 6-5 win over Cleveland in game two on Tuesday. Eloy Jimenez and James Mccann each had a home run and three RBIs with Jimenez going 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and a double. Zack Collins added a triple while Leury Garcia and Tim Anderson each added a base hit to cap off Chicago’s offense in the win. Dylan Cease allowed four runs on four hits while striking out 11 over 6.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Evan Marshall got the win to improve to 4-2 on the year while Alex Colome closed out the 9th for his 26th save of the season. Ivan Nova will start game three and is 9-11 with a 4.48 ERA and 97 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nova is 3-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 28 strikeouts against Cleveland.
The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound after dropping game two on Tuesday in disappointing fashion. Roberto Perez went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs while Francisco Lindor added a solo home run to round out Cleveland’s scoring as a team in the loss. Franmil Reyes added a double while Greg Allen and Yasiel Puig each contributed a base hit to finish off Cleveland’s offense as the Tribe had just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Mike Clevinger allowed two runs on two hits while walking four and striking out nine over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Carlos Carrasco took the loss, falling to 4-7 on the year. Shane Bieber will start game three and is
Chicago is 6-2 in Nova’s last 8 starts and 1-7 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 10-2-2 in their last 14 road games. Cleveland is 0-4 in Bieber’s last 4 starts and 17-8 in their last 25 home games while the under is 20-7-1 in Bieber’s last 28 starts. Chicago is 15-29 in the last 44 meetings between these two teams and 20-39 in the last 59 meetings between these two teams in Cleveland.
This is a frustrating matchup, because the Indians are the better team and have more to play for, but they’ve lost each of Bieber’s last 4 starts even though he’s pitched well, giving up a total of just nine earned in 25.1 innings across that stretch. However, Bieber’s ERA is higher at home compared to his ERA on the road, and he’s boasting a 5.68 ERA in two starts against the White Sox this season. The Indians have also lost four of their last five, so they’re not playing much better than Chicago over the last week. The White Sox are out of it and are pretty much playing spoiler, but aside from his last start, Nova was on a solid run, allowing two runs or less in the previous seven starts. Nova’s also allowed just five earned across 21 innings in three starts against Cleveland this season for a 2.14 ERA, so I’ll take a shot with the White Sox and the heavy plus money on Wednesday.