The Chicago White Sox (2-2) and Cleveland Indians (1-3) will resume their American League Central series on Wednesday afternoon after getting washed out at Progressive Field last night.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
Chicago has split its first four games of the young season despite scoring just 10 combined runs, as it tallied a 4-2 road victory in the series opener against the Indians on Monday night. The White Sox are definitely looking to have better success against divisional opponents this year, as they managed to post a losing 32-40 record in that situation in 2011. First-year manager Robin Ventura will watch his club take on AL Central clubs in 20 of the team’s first 37 games. Chicago is 21-34 in April the last two-plus seasons.
White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (0-1, 4.50 ERA) will take the hill for the second time this year, picking up a no-decision in his first effort in allowing three runs and six hits in six frames of a 3-2 road loss to the Rangers. The left-hander is 3-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 13 career starts versus the Indians, including a 3-3 mark and 3.67 ERA in seven outings inside today’s venue. Danks has registered a losing 7-11 record in 24 April starts during his career, but brings in a respectable 3.32 ERA.
Cleveland has shown some power at the plate in the early going, with six home runs in the first four games by five different players. The Indians have also received tremendous starting pitching in the first four games of their current homestand, as the staff has posted a 2.33 ERA. Offensively, the team is still hitting .153 collectively, including just five hits in the series opener on Monday. “We’ve just got to say positive,” stated Indians manager Manny Acta. Cleveland is 39-66 in day games and the “under” is 51-50 in that situation the last two-plus years.
Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson (0-0, 1.13 ERA) is scheduled to make his second start of the 2012 campaign, as he did not factor into the decision in a 7-4 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on April 5. The right-hander was brilliant in that contest, allowing just one run and two hits over eight innings. He issued just a single walk and struck out 10 batters. Masterson has a losing 3-4 record in 14 career games (10 starts) versus the White Sox despite carrying a 2.09 ERA.
Bettors will likely back the Indians due to their 8-1 record in Masterson’s last nine starts as a favorite, while the White Sox are 2-7 in Danks’ last nine outings as a road underdog.
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