2019 MLB – Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians taking place? Tuesday 3rd September, 2019 – 00:10 (UK)

Where is Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians taking place? Progressive Field

What is the expected weather for Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians? Sunny, 22c

What television channel is Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians on? BT Sport 1 in the UK / SportsTime Ohio, MLB Network in the US

Where can I stream Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website or app in the UK / MLB.tv (paid) and MLB.com (free) in the US

Where can I get tickets for Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians? https://www.mlb.com/tickets/season-tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Chicago White Sox 2 – 0 Cleveland Indians

THE TEAM NEWS

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

  • The White Sox got swept this past weekend by the Atlanta Braves, and now their losing streak sits at six games. They have also gone 3-7 in their last 10 outings, and it’s quite clear they have already set their sights on the 2020 regular season.
  • The White Sox do not have any injury concerns ahead of this game since their four side-lined players are all out for the remainder of the season. It might be worth keeping an eye on slugger Jose Abreu ahead of this one, as the Cuban first baseman is hitting .409 with a 1.045 OPS in his last six games (22 at-bats).
  • Ross Detwiler will get the start for the White Sox here. He is 2-4 with a 6.45 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 51.2 innings across 14 appearances (eight starts), as he has worked both as a starter and as a reliever so far in 2019. It is worth noting that will be his first MLB start against the Cleveland Indians in his 11-year career.

CLEVELAND INDIANS

  • The Indians might be crumbling at the worst possible time, after being swept this past weekend by the Tampa Bay Rays – a contender in the American League Wild Card Race – to add to their 2-3 mark for their last five games. Furthermore, they’re just 5-5 in their last 10 MLB outings.
  • The Indians lost star infielder Jose Ramirez for the remainder of the regular season due to a hand fracture, while also having the likes of Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar on the injured list. Francisco Lindor has been picking things up for the Indians, though, as the star shortstop is hitting for .296 with three home runs and a 1.026 OPS in his last six games.
  • 24-year-old Aaron Civale will be the Indians' starter with a 2-3 mark and a 1.96 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 36.2 innings across six starts in 2019. However, Civale is at his best at home since he owns a 0.75 ERA in two starts this season at Progressive Field.

THE PREDICTION

Pitching-wise, this will be a battle between experience and youth, although it’s hard to not pay attention to Civale’s track record at Progressive Field – even if it’s a small sample size. The Indians are the better team overall, and playing at home should give them an edge in this battle of two AL Central foes. Especially considering Chicago’s awful record of late.

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