2019-09-26 19:10:00 EDT
The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox meet in the rubber match of their three game AL Central division set in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday.
The Cleveland Indians are in must win mode after dropping game two of the series with an 8-3 loss in game two on Wednesday. Jose Ramirez had a solo home run while Mike Freeman added an RBI as well in the loss. Franmil Reyes went 3 for 4 at the dish while Roberto Perez added a base knock of his own to finish off Cleveland’s offense in the defeat as the Tribe had just six hits as a team. Shane Bieber gave up five runs, three earned, on ten hits while striking out seven over 5.2 innings of work. Aaron Civale will start game three and is 3-3 with a 1.82 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. This will be Civale’s second career start against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to play spoiler once again in the series finale after taking game two on Wednesday. Welington Castillo had a home run and three RBIs while Leury Garcia added a solo home run and Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu each had an RBI as well. Tim Anderson went 4 for 5 at the dish while Yoan Moncada added a double and Daniel Palka also had a pair of hits as well in the victory. Ross Detwiler gave up three runs on five hits over five innings of work to improve to 3-5 on the year while Alex Colome closed things out for his 30th save of the season. Dylan Cease will start the finale and is 4-7 with a 5.79 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. This will be Cease’s second career start against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 5-1 in Civale’s last 6 division starts and 22-5 in their last 27 road games against a team with a losing record while the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games overall. Chicago is 1-4 in Cease’s last 5 starts against a team with a winning record and 2-8 in their last 10 home games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
Say what you want about Civale being in a huge situation as a rookie, but the fact is that he’s been solid for Cleveland, allowing two earned runs or less in each of his nine major league starts. Cease has pitched much better lately, but the White Sox don’t have anything but pride to play for and the chance to stick it to a rival. Cease also got tagged for four runs in his lone start against Cleveland and I just think that the Tribe need this one more, so I’ll take Cleveland on the RL here.