Preview: Indians and White Sox Wrap Up Season Series Tonight in Chicago
The Indians and White Sox will wrap up their final game of their three-game series today in Chicago, as each team has taken a game in the first two of the set.
Chicago won the game in the 9th on Tuesday, a night where Trevor Bauer was back for his second start since coming off his injury in Chicago back in the second week of August.
Monday the Indians topped the Sox 4-0 after Corey Kluber threw another gem, earning his 20th win of the season. It's also the final game of the season between the two teams, with the Indians having dominated the Sox, winning 13 of 18 games.
Here’s a look at the breakdown against the Sox
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 8:10 p.m. ET
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Shane Bieber (10-5, 4.80 ERA) vs LHP Jace Frye (2-2, 4,32)
TV Channel: SportsTime Ohio
Online Stream: MLB.TV
Radio: ALT 99.1, AM WTAM 1100 and WMMS 100.7
Click the next pages for a preview of tonight’s matchup against the Sox.
1. Beiber's Final Start of the Season
Rookie Shane Bieber has had a very good rookie campaign for the Indians, winning double digit games. Tonight he will look for his 11th win in what will be his final start of the season.
Beiber wasn't expected to have much impact on the team this season, but slid into the starting rotation and actually wound up in the starting spot that many thought would go to Adam Plutko.
He will throw out of the pen as the long man in the postseason if needed, and with what he's done in 2018, unless something unexpected happens, he'll be the 5th starter for the club in 2019.
2. Who is Jace Fry?
White Sox starter Jace Fry is a lefty who at one point was tabbed to possibly be the teams' closer, but will start Wednesday's finale against the Tribe.
In 57 games he's got an ERA of 4.32 with a record of 2-2. He'll probably pitch 1-3 innings, as it will be a 'bullpen day' for the White Sox, so don't assume Fry will get many innings.
Fry has four saves for the Sox, and in 57 innings he's allowed three homers, walked 19 batters, striking out 68. He might be the teams' closer of the future and will get a look at the role in Spring Training in 2019.
3. The Final Meeting
The Indians and White Sox meet for the final time in 2018 tonight, and needless to say the Indians have dominated the season series between the two AL teams, with the Tribe winning 13 of 18 games.
Shane Bieber, who is the starter for tonight's finale, lost maybe the most well played game between the two teams, with the Sox beating the Indians 1-0 back on August 10th.
Beiber allowed three hits and no runs in 6.2 innings that night, but the Sox won the game in the 9th on a solo homer by Daniel Palka, who hit a round-tripper off Neil Ramirez.
Chicago has another long offseason ahead as they look to rebuild, while the Indians have bigger fish to fry after this weekend.