The Cleveland Indians continue their series on the road against American League Central rivals the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
The Indians won the opening game of this series on Monday 4-0, as Carlos Carrasco had 11 strikeouts and allowed just a pair of hits in his seven innings of work for the Indians. The win increased the Indians lead in the AL Central to 5 ½ games. Michael Brantley connected for his 11th home run. Lucas Giolito had control problems again on the mound for Chicago as he three fewer strikes (46) than balls (47) and allowed four hits, four runs and issued four walks over five innings of work. Jason Kipnis missed his second consecutive game for Cleveland while Edwin Encarnacion missed his third straight and both are questionable for Wednesday’s game.
Michael Brantley leads Cleveland with a .317 batting average. Jose Ramirez is the team leader in home runs with 19 and RBIs with 43. Francisco Lindor has the team lead in hits with 76. Cleveland has a team batting average of .252 while opposing hitters are averaging .241 at the plate against Indians pitching. On Wednesday, the Indians will send Trevor Bauer to the mound. The right-hander this season is 5-4 with an ERA of 2.62, 109 Ks and 29 BBs.
Jose Abreu leads Chicago with a .290 batting average and team highs in hits with 72 and RBIs with 38. Tim Anderson has the team lead in home runs with 11. Chicago has a team batting average of .240 while opposing hitters are averaging .255 at the plate against White Sox pitching. On Wednesday, the White Sox will send Dylan Covey to the mound. The right-hander on the season is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.22, 28 Ks and 11 BBs.