Preview: Indians Look for Fourth Straight Win Tonight At Home Against White Sox
CLEVELAND - The Indians will look for a fourth straight win tonight as they entertain the rival Chicago White Sox in what will be the teams' final 6:10pm weekday first pitch for the 2018 season.
Monday on Memorial Day it was with some help with some bad White Sox defense that the team rallied from down 5-1 to put up a six-run fifth inning, and eventually tack on two more to take home a 9-6 win.
The Tribe sits now at 27-25, 3.5 ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central, and the White Sox are clearly a team going nowhere this season, sitting in the basement of the division at 16-35.
Here's a quick look at what to look forward to for tonight's affair at Progressive Field.
Time: 6:10 p.m.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Mike Clevinger (3-2, 3.32) vs. RHP Lucas Giolito (3-5, 7.53)
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Radio: WTAM 1100am, Indians Radio Network
1. Bounce Back for Clevinger
Indians starter Mike Clevinger will look for his 4th win of the season tonight, as he's coming off a tough outing last week in the opener at Progressive Field against the Astros.
In that game he gave up five runs in 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, three walks and four K's in an eventual Tribe 8-2 setback.
It was the worst outing stat wise of the season for Clevinger, as before the game against Houston he had not allowed more than four runs in an outing this season.
The Sox found a way to put up six against Tribe pitching on Monday, so Clevinger needs to be aware of what they bring to the table on offense to avoid a second straight loss.
2. Don't Call it a Comeback
The Tribe has been lucky by all accounts to have won their last two games, as Sunday they needed a wild 9th inning rally from five down against the Astros before Greg Allen sent everyone home happy with a crazy 10-9 win.
Monday they were down 5-1 to the lowly White Sox before a big 5th inning saw them score six runs, with the big hit being a bloop double that really could have been caught that scored three runs and at the time tied the game at five aside.
They then got the lead on another bad defensive play by the Sox, which is par for the course for a team that is 19 games under .500.
Hopefully no such comeback will be needed on Tuesday as the team will look to get back to building a lead and not having to rally against their AL Central foe.
3. Jump on Giolito
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito isn't actually having a Cy Young season for the awful Sox, and teams have been able to get to him early and often in 2018, like in a May 13th game against the Cubs.
In that game he gave up three walks, two wild pitches and four stolen bases - in just the first inning.
Giolito was beat up in his last outing in a 9-3 loss to the Orioles, complete with allowing two bases loaded walks to bring in runs.
“Back to the drawing board,” manager Rick Renteria said after that game. “He’s a young man who has to continue to minimize the emotional aspect and stay focused, stay relaxed and hammer the zone with strikes.”
Giolito leads the AL in walks, so look for a patient Indians team to take advantage of that tonight at home with their hot hitting top of the lineup.