Chicago White Sox at Indians Game Thread #6, Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. ET

Matt Loede

Welcome to our VERY FIRST daily game thread here on Cleveland Baseball Insider!

We are excited to have you along for the ride and will be doing these game threads often, so tell your friends about it and join in the fun while you watch the Tribe!

Tonight it's the finale of a homestand as well as a three-game set against the rival White Sox at Progressive Field. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m. ET on SportsTime Ohio with Matt Underwood and Rick Manning.

After tonight's finale the Tribe will get right back at it on Thursday as they head to Minnesota to take on the team that many have picked to win the AL Central and even possibly win the American League in 2020 - the Minnesota Twins.

Here's tonight's Indians lineup against the White Sox

And the Sox lineup against Zach Plesac and the Tribe:

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Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Dust yourself off, Cleveland, a big series against Minnesota awaits.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Not a great night from Domingo Santana to say the least.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Tribe battles back to bring the tying run to the plate

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Well at least we're seeing more proof Jose Ramirez left his slump in the rear view

T.J. Zuppe
T.J. Zuppe

Hand provides our first opportunity to see how a shortened season impacts managerial decision making. This is certainly not a new development for Hand, and there are a handful of other interesting guys waiting for an opportunity. But even with Hand's issues last year, if this is a typical season, he'd get more than 2 games.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

And that's your ball game as Cimber gives up a single up the middle to Luis Robert - two #WhiteSox score and it's a four-run ninth - Sox 4 #Indians 0

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

That'll about do it.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

That run pretty much can be charged to Beau Taylor, whose catcher's interference on Encarnacion allowed the bases to be loaded again

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Hand's fastball velocity still isn't up to what he was throwing last year. He averaged 92.7 on that pitch last year, while the average velocity tonight was 91.1.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Hand is done for the night - bases loaded with one out - Adam Cimber coming on for the Tribe - Hand threw 22 pitches, 11 for strikes - clearly wasn't good tonight after throwing in game one of the doubleheader Tuesday and earning the save

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

It's still too early in the season to go down this rabbit hole, but something to keep in mind if Brad Hand has more nights like this is his $10 million option for next year and how that impacts Cleveland's decision to give someone else a look at closer.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Hand is pitching in back-to-back games, so this is moot, but if you had a one run lead tomorrow night in Minnesota, would you bring him in?

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

A Phil Maton sighting!

ZachShafron
ZachShafron

Though Hand got an out on the sac-fly, that ball was smoked. In a different spot and it's a three-run double. He looks awful this outing.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Very little to like about Brad Hand's outing tonight

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Brad Hand leaning on his offspeed stuff tonight. Only four of his pitches have exceeded 90 mph.

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

The prevailing thought used to be for the home team to bring in the closer in the top of the 9th in a tie game. Wonder if that should change with the new extra inning rule?

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Hand in trouble right away

ZachShafron
ZachShafron

Uh ohh.....

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

A double and now a walk on a marginal full count pitch - #WhiteSox with two on no outs in the 9th against Brad Hand

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

The Indians are striking out players at a record pace

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Zach Plesac, with eleven strikeouts on the night, is Cleveland's fifth starter. A lot to take in there.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

#Indians bringing in Brad Hand here in the 9th

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Third straight inning that #Indians starter Zach Plesac has needed just 10 pitches to get three outs - he's likely done at 97 pitches

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Garica goes down looking - now 11 K's for Plesac

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

A night to forget for the Indians 5, 6 and 7 hitters - Reyes, Zimmer and Domingo Santana - the 3 have combined to go 0-for-9, striking out four times with Zimmer hitting into a 5-6-3 double play in the 2nd

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

It appears removing Lucas Giolito wasn't an instant cure for Cleveland's offense.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Plesac has thrown a total of 20 pitches over the last two innings - he's simply got "it" toinight

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Looks like Giolito is done for the night (he says hopefully)

ZachShafron
ZachShafron

Tough missed opportunity there...

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Santana no chance there down 0-2, had to swing and hits a lazy fly to CF - end of six still 0-0

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Here we go Carlos Santana with a shot to make a huge impact with the bases loaded and two outs here in the 6th

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Lindor with a chance to break the scoreless tie - 1st and 3rd two outs here in the 6th inning

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Heck of a play by Abreu at first on the knuckleball hit down the line by Mercado - Indians still with just two hits in the game here in the 6th inning

ZachShafron
ZachShafron

"MLB Comish decides to have 'starting runner on second' rule for extras implemented here in the 6th."

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Plesac with a great job after the leadoff double to Engel - a strikeout, lineout to second and ground out to short to end the Sox 6th

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

These next two hitters will be a challenge

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Evidently Tim Anderson is blaming the bat for that last strikeout

T.J. Zuppe
T.J. Zuppe

it does make sense which pitch Plesac would choose to feature today - Slider's birthday.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Lucas Giolito didn't allow a single earned run in 14.2 innings pitched against Cleveland last year. Tonight would be an ideal time to snap that skid.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

If you're a fan of offense - this game isn't for you - through five the #Indians and #WhiteSox have combined for no runs on four hits with one error and three runners total left on base

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Domingo Santana's first strikeout of the year comes in the sixth game of the season. Can't say I saw that coming.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

What we have here is an old fashioned Pitcher's Duel!

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Bradley Zimmer with your basic "worst case scenario" bunt

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

Would like to see Zimmer make that a part of his game, even with his improved contact.

Casey Drottar
Casey Drottar

Whiff rate on Zach Plesac's slider last season - 36.7%. Whiff rate on Zach Plesac's slider tonight - 45.8%.

T.J. Zuppe
T.J. Zuppe

Last year, Plesac threw his fastball a little over 50 percent of the time. His slider, on the other hand, was thrown just 19 percent of the time. Thus far tonight, he's throwing his fastball 43 percent of the time, and that slider, the soul-stealing slider, has been thrown 35 percent of the time. If you like whiffs, you love to see it.

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Plesac pitch count per inning - 16, 10, 12, 15, 14 (67 pitches, 47 strikes)

MWarmuth
MWarmuth

And I saw some people saying Plesac should go to the bullpen...ha!

Matt Loede
Matt Loede

Editor

Plesac with a new career-high with 8 K's - and we're only in the 5th inning


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