The Indians have a chance to salvage the current series and avoid a sweep by the White Sox tonight as T.J. House (0-1, 6.43 ERA) makes his second major league start, this time facing off against Chicago’s Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.14 ERA). In 7 starts for the AAA Columbus Clippers, House has gone 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA (11 ER/41.1 IP), 34 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 1.11 WHIP.The Indians often seem to have lopsided seasons against the White Sox. The Tribe owned Chicago in 2013, going 17-2. But in both 2012 and 2011, Cleveland’s record against Chicago was 7-11. So far this season, the Indians are 3-6 against the White Sox. Oddly enough , the Indians has actually outscored Chicago (44-43), but has also been held to 3 runs or less in six of this season’s match-ups. We’re too far into the season for the Tribe to own the ChiSox this year, but it’s not too late to avoid being owned.
Other things about tonight’s game:
- The Indians are 3-6 against the White Sox but 11-5 against the rest of the AL Central.
- Jason Kipnis returns tonight, and not a moment too soon.
- Michael Bourn has 999 career hits going into tonight’s game (he ranks 82nd among active MLB players).
- Michael Brantley has hit safely in 13 games, and no, I did not just jinx him.