Chicago visits Cleveland in division play
Cleveland; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT
LINE: White Sox favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Division rivals Cleveland and Chicago will play on Thursday at Progressive Field.
The Indians are 5-9 against teams from the AL Central. Cleveland is hitting a collective batting average of .219 this season, led by Carlos Santana with an average of .302.
The White Sox are 9-7 against AL The Chicago offense has compiled a .257 batting average as a team this season, good for seventh in the majors. Tim Anderson leads the team with a mark of .328. The Indians won the last meeting 5-3. Brad Hand secured his second victory and Jose Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs for Cleveland. Jace Fry registered his first loss for Chicago.
TOP PERFORMERS: Santana leads the Indians with 10 extra base hits and is batting .302. Francisco Lindor is 11-for-37 with three home runs and five RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 5-5, .242 batting average, 3.78 ERA, outscored by six runs
White Sox: 5-5, .242 batting average, 5.12 ERA, outscored by 13 runs
White Sox Injuries: Carlos Rodon: 10-day IL (elbow), Michael Kopech: 60-day IL (elbow), Nate Jones: 60-day IL (elbow), Kelvin Herrera: day-to-day (back), Eloy Jimenez: 10-day IL (ankle), Jon Jay: 60-day IL (hip), Leury Garcia: day-to-day (thumb).