White Sox vs Indians Preview and Prediction: Upset Watch
White Sox vs Indians Preview
Game start: 6:10 p.m. ET
Location: Progressive Field
Pitching Matchup: Lucas Giolito (3-5, 7.53 ERA) vs Mike Clevinger (3-2. 3.32 ERA)
Line: -270 Cleveland
Two pitchers struggling with command and poise will take the mound tonight for their respective teams.
Right-hander Mike Clevinger (3-2, 3.32 ERA), has been tasked with consecutive starts against the reigning World Champs, May 18th in Houston and again on the 24th at home.
Before taking on the Astros, Clevinger was undefeated but lost both decisions to Houston.
In his last four starts, Clevinger is averaging four walks per nine innings, and those free passes have ended up in runs for the opposing team.
Lucas Giolito (3-5, 7.53 ERA) is having an even worse week and season in general. The former top prospect leads the American League in walks, hit batters, and ERA.
In his last start, a 9-3 loss to Baltimore on May 24, Giolito only made it through 1 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings. He walked three with no strikeouts. Giolito’s 37 walks are the most by any AL pitcher. In two of his 10 starts, he has walked seven in a game. He has averaged 6.8 walks per nine innings for the season. Giolito has also hit a league-high 10 batters.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria on Giolito:
“He seems to be a guy that if he can get through that first inning comfortably, or even manage it with minimal damage, he seems to settle down,”
“He’s got to stay focused, relaxed, and hammer the zone with strikes,” Renteria said.
Giolito on his struggles:
“I feel good physically, my arm feels good, body feels good,” Giolito said.
“I’ve just been letting the game speed up and get out of control.”
Tuesday will be Giolito’s first career appearance against the Indians.
The White Sox are playing the series in Cleveland without their leading home run hitter. Infielder Matt Davidson, whose 11 homers are tops on the club, was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 25), with back spasms.
Davidson was hitting .243 and ranks second on the White Sox with 28 RBI.
To replace Davidson on the roster, the White Sox purchased the contract of Matt Skole from Triple-A Charlotte and designated for assignment pitcher Ricardo Pinto.
Despite the Indians clearly being the better team, I have a feeling Giolito will rebound from his early-inning struggles. If he can tame the Indians hot bats in the first two innings, this is the type of game he can cruise through six innings.
From April 26th to May 19th, Giolito allowed more than three runs only once and averaged six innings per contest during that span.
The White Sox bullpen is desperate for a long outing by their starting staff. Tonight is the night that will happen.
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