The Chicago White Sox are struggling to find a way to defeat the
They can no longer look to Jake Peavy for answers.
After dealing the former NL Cy Young Award winner, Chicago will
give the ball to Jose Quintana on Wednesday night when it tries to
avoid its first seven-game single-season losing streak to the
Indians in 37 years.
No longer in the AL Central race – the White Sox (40-64) are 24
games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 29, 1989, following
Tuesday’s 7-4 defeat – the team has an eye on 2014 and beyond after
dealing veteran relievers Matt Thornton to Boston on July 12 and
Jesse Crain to Tampa Bay on Monday.
Peavy, who was pushed back from Tuesday’s start with Brazilian
Andre Rienzo making his major league debut, was the latest White
Sox pitcher to leave town after getting traded to the Red Sox on
Tuesday night in a three-team deal.
Chicago acquired Detroit center fielder Avisail Garcia, who was
assigned to Triple-A Charlotte, and three Red Sox minor
“Garcia is a very young, five-tool player who already has spent
time in the major leagues,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a
release. “Our scouts are extremely optimistic about his future and
view him as a potential impact talent for many years to come.”
The exodus from the White Sox could continue before Wednesday’s
4 p.m. EDT non-waiver deadline, with shortstop Alexei Ramirez and
right fielder Alex Rios possibly on the trading block.
However, Rios left in the eighth inning Tuesday after fouling a
ball off his foot. He’s supposed to undergo X-rays, yet he said he
doesn’t believe the left foot contusion is serious.
The Indians, 9-2 against the White Sox this season, could also
make additional moves before the deadline according to general
manager Chris Antonetti. Cleveland (58-48) will make at least one
move Wednesday, optioning reliever Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A
Columbus after acquiring left-hander Marc Rzepczynski from St.
Louis via trade on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s starter Cory Kluber (7-5, 3.74 ERA) was denied a
victory Friday when the bullpen couldn’t hold on to an 8-4 lead in
the Indians’ 11-8 victory. The right-hander gave up four runs in
six innings after yielding none in his previous two outings.
Still, it was an encouraging outing after hip tightness forced
him out of his last start – a 3-2 loss at Minnesota on July 20 –
following five innings.
“It didn’t really affect me too much tonight,” Kluber, 1-1 with
a 4.26 ERA in two career starts versus Chicago, told the Indians’
official website. “Hopefully, it’s in the past.”
The Indians will face Quintana (5-3, 3.55) as they go for a
season-best seventh straight victory and first seven-game run over
the White Sox since an eight-game stretch June 11-Sept. 1,
Quintana, who is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his career against
Cleveland, lost 5-1 to Kansas City on Friday despite allowing two
runs over seven innings. The left-hander has a 2.41 ERA in his past
The White Sox, losers of four of five at Cleveland this season,
have dropped 24 of 31 on the road.
The Indians have won nine straight at home for the first time
since a 14-game run April 3-May 10, 2011.