Indians-White Sox Preview
The Cleveland Indians are looking to match their longest winning
streak from last season, and facing the slumping Chicago White Sox
may be enough.
The Indians look to capitalize on another meeting with the White
Sox as they try for a fourth straight victory Wednesday in the
finale of a rain-shortened two-game series at U.S. Cellular
Cleveland (8-10) went 68-94 last year, finishing ahead of only
66-96 Minnesota in the AL. A four-game winning streak was all the
Indians could manage as a season high, and they reached that mark
three times, most recently June 18-22.
They have a chance to equal that streak following a five-game
Before Tuesday’s matchup was postponed nearly four hours before
the scheduled first pitch because of rain, Asdrubal Cabrera came
through in the clutch in Monday’s opener. He hit a two-out, two-run
single in the eighth inning to provide the difference in a 3-2 win,
the Indians’ third in four meetings with Chicago this season.
“I love those situations,” said Cabrera, who sat out Sunday’s
5-4 win over Houston after hurting his left wrist falling down the
stairs of the dugout Saturday.
The shortstop is batting .156 – 120 points lower than his career
“Maybe this is the start hopefully of him getting hot,” manager
Terry Francona said, “because he’s going to get really hot at some
Cabrera is 8 for 22 with three doubles and six RBIs over his
past seven games at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox (7-12), losers of 10 of 13, have scored seven runs
while batting .161 – including 0 for 10 with runners in scoring
position – during a four-game slide.
They’ve also committed four errors in that stretch. Reliever
Matt Thornton accounted for one Monday, when he wildly threw to
second in an attempt to pick off Drew Stubbs, only to have him move
to third before Cabrera’s timely hit.
“You just keep shooting yourself in the foot,” manager Robin
Ventura said. “And until we clean it up, we’re going to lose games.
It’s just that simple. It’s not hard to figure out.”
Chicago may not need much production at the plate with Ventura
scheduled to turn to Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.55 ERA), who is trying
to continue an impressive stretch with another dominant outing
against the Indians.
The left-hander has tossed 13 2-3 scoreless innings over his
last two starts, including last Wednesday’s 7-0 win at Toronto. He
scattered five hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings, five
days after being let down by the offense in a 1-0 loss at
Quintana held the Indians to one hit while striking out seven in
seven innings, but he was on the opposite end of Justin Masterson’s
Another meeting with the Indians may keep Quintana rolling since
he’s 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA in four matchups – two starts.
The Indians will counter with Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.12) as he
tries to continue his success against the White Sox.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts against
them, winning 9-4 at home April 13. He yielded three runs – one
earned – and five hits before leaving with one out in the
McAllister then gave up three runs and three walks while
throwing 112 pitches in five innings of a 6-3 loss to Boston on
He has held Paul Konerko to two singles in 12 at-bats and Adam
Dunn has one hit – a homer – in 10 at-bats.
Dunn was hitless in four at-bats Monday, and is 1 for 36 with a
solo homer and 16 strikeouts in his last 10 games.