MLB Game Preview - Cleveland at Chicago Sox
Fri Aug 7, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

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Cleveland (8-6) at Chicago Sox (7-6)
Indians aim to extend win streak vs. White Sox in Chicago
Fri Aug 7, 2020 5:29 AM

Limited to four runs in a recent four-game skid, the Cleveland Indians are starting to recapture their stride -- and stroke -- entering Friday's series opener against the Chicago White Sox.

The Indians travel to Guaranteed Rate Field on a three-game winning streak, the latest victory a resounding 13-0 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

"We've heard people say the Indians aren't going to hit, but we know we're going to be good for the rest of the season," Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez said. "We have a very good group of hitters. As long as we do our job, we know the pitchers are going to do theirs and we'll be fine."

Ramirez homered from both sides of the plate Thursday as part of a 3-for-5 night that paced an 11-hit attack.

He also homered from both sides of the plate on July 26 against the Kansas City Royals. The Indians welcomed the White Sox to Progressive Field two days later, and Ramirez went 5-for-11 to help Cleveland win two of three in the series.

Chicago salvaged the last game of that set, the first victory in an eventual six-game winning streak that ended with Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The White Sox fell to the Brewers 8-3 on Thursday, as well, but are confident a renewed resolve can help them regroup against their American League Central rivals.

"I tell you what, just the energy in the clubhouse," White Sox second baseman Danny Mendick said. "When we show up to the field, there's more confidence. It's not like we are going to get pushed around. It's more like we are going to do the pushing around. Everyone is just prepared. Everyone shows up to the field ready. They know the opponent. We know what they are going to bring.

"I feel there's just more, how do I say this, more education. We have more veterans. We have guys who are really focused on baseball, and it brings a lot to everybody."

Indians starter Aaron Civale (1-1, 3.75 ERA) has struck out nine batters in each of his first two outings in 2020. Entering the season, Civale's previous career-best strikeout mark was seven against the Texas Rangers on Aug. 5, 2019.

Civale is 2-1 with a 4.40 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox. In the opener of July 28's doubleheader at Progressive Field, Civale defeated Chicago in his season debut behind six innings of two-run ball, scattering seven hits, one walk and nine strikeouts.

His opponent in that game, Dylan Cease, will be the same one to face him Friday.

Cease (1-1, 6.48 ERA) is coming off Sunday's strong outing against the Kansas City Royals, when he earned his first victory of the season after spacing two runs, five hits, one walk and four strikeouts in six innings.

The Indians reached Cease for four runs on seven hits -- including two home runs -- in 2 1/3 innings. In two career starts against Cleveland, Cease is 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA.

Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. is serving as acting manager for Terry Francona, who has missed the past five games due to an ongoing gastrointestinal issue. Francona will not travel to Chicago with the team.

--Field Level Media

Team Record Comparison

Team Standings GB W-L Aw/Hm Stk L10
Cleveland 2ndAL Central 2.5 8-6 2-4 W3 5-5
Chicago Sox 3rdAL Central 3.0 7-6 1-4 L2 6-4

Team Batting Comparison - 2020 Regular Season

Cleveland Chicago Sox
Batting Average .191 .273
On Base Percentage .299 .335
Slugging Percentage 0.286 0.431
Runs Scored 47 62
Doubles 9 22
Triples 1 0
Home Runs 10 17
Total Bases 123 199
Walks 58 38
Strikeouts 129 124
Stolen Bases / Attempts 2/4 4/5
Ground Ball/Fly Ball Ratio 1.52 1.55
Runners in Scoring Position Success % 28.2 22.8

Team Pitching Comparison - 2020 Regular Season

Cleveland Chicago Sox
Earned Run Average 2.05 4.58
WHIP Ratio 0.870 1.345
Batting Average Against 0.184 0.256
On Base Percentage Against .245 .326
Slugging Percentage 0.326 0.402
Shutouts 4 1
Runs Allowed 30 60
Doubles Allowed 16 18
Triples Allowed 0 0
Home Runs Allowed 15 16
Total Bases 140 181
Walks Allowed 28 41
Strikeouts Pitched 150 117
Stolen Bases Against / Attempts 2/7 2/4
Double Plays Fielded 13 38
Ground Ball/Fly Ball Ratio Against 1.120 1.591
Errors 5 4

Scheduled Starting Pitchers

Aaron Civale - CLE
Matchup W-L IP H BB K ERA WHIP
Season 1-1 12 12 2 18 3.75 1.167
vs. Opp 1-0 6 7 1 9 3.00 1.333
Dylan Cease - CHW
Matchup W-L IP H BB K ERA WHIP
Season 1-1 9.1 12 2 5 5.79 1.500
vs. Opp 0-1 2.1 7 0 1 15.43 3.000

Hot Batters (Last 10 team games)

Cleveland AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP
J. Ramirez 37 11 7 2 6 1 .297 .541 .381
C. Hernandez 31 9 4 0 5 0 .290 .355 .436
F. Lindor 37 9 4 2 6 0 .243 .432 .317
Chicago Sox AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP
T. Anderson 16 8 4 1 1 0 .500 .938 .500
J. Abreu 43 12 7 2 7 0 .279 .488 .326
Y. Moncada 41 12 5 1 1 0 .293 .390 .370

2020 Regular Season - Cleveland Leads Series 2-1

Date Result Winner Loser
Tue Jul 28 CHW 3 @ CLE 4 A. Civale D. Cease
Tue Jul 28 CHW 3 @ CLE 5 A. Plutko C. Rodon
Wed Jul 29 CHW 4 @ CLE 0 A. Bummer B. Hand

Injury Report

Cleveland
Roberto Perez C:
Tyler Naquin CF:
Tim Cooney SP: