Zach McAllister takes on Chris Sale this afternoon, as the Indians wrap up their four game set against the White Sox.  McAllister started strong against the Royals in his last start, but ran into a lot of problems the third time through their lineup.  Sale is obviously one of the better pitchers in the American League, but the Indians have had some success against him this season.

Use this thread to chat about the game!

8 Comments

  • D.P. Roberts says:

    As much as I’d like to listen to an Indians game today, they’re probably better off if they cancel. First of all, it sounds like the makeup game would be played in Cleveland as a double header, and the Indians play much better at home. Secondly, it looks like they’d miss Sale – although they’ve played very well against him, he’s too good of a pitcher to get beat repeatedly like this. If today gets postponed, it looks like we’d face Chicago’s 3, 4, and 5 pitchers, at home, over 2 days. In terms of the Indians’ playoff chances, that looks like better odds.

  • Seattle Stu says:

    good call DP…i have had bad feeling since last night that sele would shut us down.

  • D.P. Roberts says:

    I guess they’re going to play this after all… and Sale strikes out the side in the first. This may be the Sale with the 2.90 ERA, and not the guy the Indians kept facing.

  • Drew says:

    Matt Carson 2 – White Sox 0, through

  • Alex says:

    To those of you who wished for a rain delay: 6-1 in the 8th, haters.
    Go Tribe!!!

  • D.P. Roberts says:

    MLB teams are averaging about 4.1 runs scored per game this year. When I looked at the Indians’ stats a few games ago, I discovered that in the second half of the year, the Indians are something like 16-2 when they score 4 runs or more.

    However, in the month of August, the Indians only scored 4 runs or more 11 times in 28 games. They were 13-16 in August.

    So far in September, they’ve scored 4 runs or more 9 times already in only 14 games. With a win today, they’ll be 10-4 in September.

    If Swisher, Cabrera, and Chisenhall are really getting hot, and they can join guys like Santana, Kipnis, and Raburn as “above average” hitters, this team will make the playoffs.

  • D.P. Roberts says:

    Fun Facts:

    In 27 starts this season, Chris Sale has only given up 5 earned runs or more 4 times. 3 of those 4 times have been against the Indians.

    Chris Sale’s game logs against the Tigers:
    7/11: 6.2 innings, 10 hits, 3 ER (W)
    7/22: 8.0 innings, 7 hits, 2 ER (L)
    8/12: 9.0 innings, 9 hits, 2 ER (W)
    9/9: 8.0 innings, 4 hits, 1 ER (W)

    Chris Sale’s game logs against the Indians:
    4/13: 4.1 innings, 8 hits, 8 ER (L)
    6/30: 8.0 innings, 7 hits, 3 ER (L)
    8/1: 5.0 innings, 10 hits, 5 ER (L)
    9/15: 5.2 innings, 9 hits, 6 ER (L)

    So, certain things appear to be set this season: Sale beats the Tigers. The Tigers beat the Indians. The Indians beat Sale.

    This game is weird.