MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cleveland4 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 11120
Chi White Sox0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 061
  W: M. Clevinger (13-3)   L: C. Fulmer (1-2)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, September 24, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 13,940

Indians face White Sox in 'win regardless' mode

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According to STATS

Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox

  1. The Indians and White Sox meet for three in Chicago with the White Sox leading the season series 9-7. Cleveland has gone 40-17 against the other three AL Central teams while averaging 5.2 runs compared to averaging 4.1 vs. Chicago.
  2. Cleveland's starting pitchers have posted a 3.14 ERA this month to trail only the Yankees' 2.59 September ERA for the best in the AL. The Indians have a 3.27 team ERA since the All-Star Game after going into the break with a 3.92 ERA, and that 0.65 decrease in ERA is the biggest improvement in the AL.
  3. Carlos Santana hit his 30th double of the season Sunday to become just fourth Indian in the live-ball era with at least 30 homers, 30 doubles and 100 walks in a season. He joins Jose Ramirez from last year, Travis Hafner in 2006 and Jim Thome in 2000.
  4. Oscar Mercado has homered in his last two games, and is batting .370 with four homers, four doubles, 11 RBI and 12 runs in his last 11. With 14 home runs and 25 doubles, he is one homer away from becoming the first Indian rookie with at least 15 home runs and 25 doubles since Ben Francisco in 2008.
  5. The White Sox lead the AL with a .295 batting average this month and are tied with the A's for the league lead with 43 doubles. Chicago entered September last in the league in doubles with 208.
  6. Yoan Moncada leads the majors with 36 hits this month, while Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez and Oakland's Marcus Semien are in a three-way tie for second with 31. Moncada, Anderson and Jimenez are also 1-2-3 in the majors for multi-hit games in September, with Moncada at 14, Anderson at 11 and Jimenez at 10.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2019 thru 9/26/2019
(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Bidding to climb the standings and secure a berth in the postseason, the Cleveland Indians expect to receive a boost when they open a three-game series against the host Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Third baseman Jose Ramirez likely will be activated from the injured list before Tuesday's game, Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Sunday, returning to the lineup from a fractured hamate bone in his right hand about one week ahead of schedule.

Cleveland (92-64) entered Monday trailing the first-place Minnesota Twins by four games in the American League Central with six games remaining. The Indians, however, were tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL wild-card spot, two games behind the Oakland Athletics.

The Rays were set to host the Boston Red Sox on Monday, with the Indians, Twins and Athletics all idle until Tuesday.

Ramirez sustained the injury Aug. 24 and underwent surgery two days later, with the club setting a recovery timetable of five to seven weeks. After progressing through checkpoints, including taking ground balls and hitting in the batting cage, Ramirez faced live pitching Saturday.

"The only issue the medical people had was that the wound had to be closed," Francona said. "Well, that's been closed. No, he's OK."

Assured of their seventh successive winning season, the Indians sense the urgency as they push for their fourth-straight playoff appearance. Francona has implored players not to lose focus on their own task while monitoring the Twins.

"We're at that point of the year where we've got to win regardless," Francona said. "I'd be lying if I said I was rooting for them to win, but we're at a point where we better win every game we can."

Minnesota reduced its magic number to clinch the division - and end Cleveland's run of three straight Central titles - to three with Sunday's win against the Kansas City Royals.

Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger (12-3, 2.54 ERA) is set to start against the White Sox (68-87). In 14 second-half starts, Clevinger is 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA.

Clevinger is 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA in nine career appearances against the White Sox, including seven starts. He has two no-decisions and a 1.29 ERA against Chicago this season, scattering two runs and 21 strikeouts over 14 innings.

The White Sox took two of three games from the host Detroit Tigers over the weekend to snap a skid of four consecutive series losses since splitting a four-game set in Cleveland to open the month.

Chicago remains optimistic about its emerging young core and burgeoning offense. Shortstop Tim Anderson entered Monday as the leading hitter in the AL with a .334 batting average, while first baseman Jose Abreu was tops in the AL RBI race.

"I like what we have been doing in September," Abreu told reporters through an interpreter. "I truly believe this is the foundation for next year. All the guys are improving. They are trying to push themselves to finish the season as strong as possible and just build on that for next year."

Left-hander Hector Santiago (1-1, 5.65 ERA) was set to oppose Cleveland for the first time this season as he makes his third start and 18th appearance of 2019, a campaign he began with the New York Mets.

Santiago, who is in his third stint with the White Sox, is 3-4 with a 4.73 ERA in 25 career appearances against the Indians, including 11 starts.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2019

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