MLB Game of the Day – Cleveland Indians Vs. Chicago White Sox
The Cleveland Indians are coming off a split of their four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles as they start a new four-game set against the Chicago White Sox. The Indians have not lost a series since they were swept by the Detroit Tigers, so they will want to get off to a good start to keep that streak intact.
Cleveland will have sophomore pitcher Trevor Bauer (1-2, 2.76 ERA) starting the game on Friday. Bauer has started three games for the Indians so far this year and lost the first and third games with a win sandwiched in the middle. Bauer has yet to face the White Sox, so he will have to rely on his teammates and the scouting report to get him through the game.
The Indians will be relying on their speed on the base paths to open up some scoring opportunities. Their leader in this regard is second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is tied for fifth in the American League in stolen bases with 17.
The White Sox will counter with Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.03 ERA), as he will be looking for his first two-game winning streak of the season. He has already won two of his past three to make up for a shaky start to the season that saw him start with a 1-4 record through the first two months of the schedule. Santiago has appeared against the Indians seven times in his career, but only twice as a starter. He has a 2-0 record, including a save against Cleveland, with a 2.81 ERA.
Chicago is currently in the basement of the American League Central division, looking up at the Tigers and Indians at the top of the standings. The White Sox find themselves nine games back of Detroit and 6.5 back of the Indians. In the Wild Card race, the White Sox are 9.5 games back of the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles.