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[August 26, 2014]
The Cleveland Indians are showing
signs of life after wallowing in mediocrity for most of the season,
perhaps making the slumping Chicago White Sox a perfect opponent to
extend their recent success. The Indians, who travel to Chicago for the
first of three games on Tuesday, have hovered around the break-even mark
for most of the season. However, Cleveland (66-63) is three games over
.500 – matching a season high – after taking two of three in Houston to
improve to 13-8 in August.
The Indians sit 5 1/2 games behind American League
Central-leading Kansas City and are 4 1/2 games out in the race for
the second wild card after going 4-0-1 over their last five series,
but must improve on their poor road record (27-38) if they hope to
remain in the chase. The White Sox are 8-5 against Cleveland this
season, but enter this contest on a season-worst six-game losing
streak. Chicago is 6-15 this month – including a 4-11 mark so far
during a stretch of 22 consecutive contests against teams above .500
– and has fallen 13 games off the pace in the AL Central.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, STO (Cleveland), CSN+ (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians LH T.J. House (2-3, 3.80 ERA) vs. White
Sox LH Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25)
House improved to 1-1 with a 1.65 ERA in three August turns
following Wednesday’s 5-0 victory over Minnesota. The former
16th-round selection in the 2008 draft, who is allowing hitters to
bat .305 against him in eight road outings, permitted four hits and
three walks over 5 1/3 innings in his second scoreless effort of the
month. House posted one of the finer performances in his only career
start versus the White Sox on May 28, settling for a no-decision
after yielding one run and fanning eight in 6 1/3 frames.
After recording quality starts in seven of eight outings, Quintana
has yet to do so in four August turns – the last of which came in
last Tuesday’s 5-1 loss versus Baltimore. The 25-year-old Colombian,
whose offense has backed him with exactly one run in each of his
last three outings, is 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA over that span. Quintana
has enjoyed much more luck in nine all-time appearances (seven
starts) against Cleveland, going 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA.
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1. Cleveland All-Star LF Michael Brantley is 3-for-30 over his last
2. Chicago manager Robin Ventura told reporters over the weekend that CF
Adam Eaton – out since Aug. 8 due to a strained right oblique – could
possibly come off the disabled list for the opener.
3. The White Sox have scored two runs or fewer in each of the Quintana’s
last seven losses.
PREDICTION: Indians 3, White Sox 2
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