Chicago White Sox (66-94 SU, 86-74 RL, 76-78-6 O/U) vs. Cleveland Indians (101-59 SU, 82-78 RL, 61-89-10 O/U)
MLB: Sunday, October 1, 2017, Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio, 3:10 pm ET
Lines: Cleveland N/A, Chicago N/A; Over/Under: N/A
It’s the finale of a weekend set between AL Central foes on the shores of Lake Erie. The Chicago White Sox close out their season as they play the last of three games against the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon. Cleveland rolled to a 10-1 victory in the series opener Friday night. The pitching matchup for the middle game of the series Saturday night saw Carson Fulmer take the mound for the White Sox against Cleveland’s Corey Kluber. First pitch in that game was set for 7:10 pm ET.
Chicago White Sox Ready to Take Next Step in Rebuild
Chicago replenished their farm system with big trades of high profile veterans this season. The White Sox will finish fourth in the AL Central and seem ready to take the next step in the rebuilding process. Chicago totaled only five hits in the loss Friday night with Yoan Moncada recording two of them. Yolmer Sanchez accounted for the White Sox run in the game with a solo homer, his 12th of the year, in the fourth inning but the damage was already done. Mike Pelfrey (3-12) took the loss as he allowed 10 runs (seven earned) on six hits with six walks and two strikeouts over 2.2 innings of work.
Chris Volstad takes the mound for his sixth appearance and second start of the season for the White Sox here. He is 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, one walk and eight strikeouts over 13.1 innings of work this season. Volstad took the loss in his last outing, which was his first start since 2012 while pitching for the Cubs, at home against the Angels Tuesday night. He allowed six runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts over five innings in a 9-3 White Sox defeat. In his 137th career appearance and his 125th major league start, Volstad pitches against the Indians and at Progressive Field for the first time. He was a dismal 3-10 with a 5.57 ERA, a 1.559 WHIP, 23 walks and 71 strikeouts over 27 appearances, 18 starts, totaling 118 innings for Triple-A Charlotte of the International League this season.
Cleveland Indians Poised to Lock Up AL’s Best Record
Cleveland keeps rolling along and with Houston’s loss to Boston Saturday afternoon, could have home field advantage in the AL playoffs locked up before this one. The Indians have a magic number of one to lock down the AL’s top record. Jose Ramirez (two runs, two RBI) had three hits for Cleveland while Austin Jackson (two runs, RBI) added two in the game. Jay Bruce hit his seventh homer since coming to Cleveland and his 36th of the season overall in the victory. Trevor Bauer (17-9) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over six innings of work.
Josh Tomlin is on the mound for his 26th start of the year for the Indians in this contest. He is 9-9 with a 5.11 ERA, a 1.297 WHIP, 14 walks and 103 strikeouts over 135.2 innings of work this season. Tomlin recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came at home against the Twins Tuesday. He allowed four runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts over 3.2 innings in a game the Indians went on to lose 8-6. Tomlin has no record with a 4.91 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, one walk and 12 strikeouts over 14.2 innings in his last three starts. He makes his 14th career appearance and 13th start of his career against the White Sox: he is 4-5 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP over 64.2 innings of work. Tomlin is 32-26 with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.238 WHIP over 75 appearances, 69 starts, covering 413.2 innings in his career at Progressive Field.
- White Sox are 16-45 in their last 61 vs. a team with a winning record
- Indians are 5-0 in their last 5 Sunday games
- Indians are 10-1 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series
- Indians are 42-9 in their last 51 overall
There’s been no hotter team over the last couple months of the season than the Indians, who turned what was a tight race in the AL Central into a runaway. Cleveland has a shot at the best record in the American League as they try to defend their AL pennant and secure the first championship for the franchise in nearly seven decades. Chicago is rebuilding and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, the only light here is the freight train that is Cleveland as the Indians close the regular season with a win.