Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
When and Where: Monday, May 13, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Ill., 8:10 p.m. EDT.
Shane Bieber looks to extend his perfect career record on the road Monday night when the Cleveland Indians open a brief two-game series versus their AL Central rivals, the Chicago White Sox.
Bieber seeking 10th career road win without loss
Since his mid-season call-up last year, Bieber (2-1, 3.32 ERA) has been a solid addition to the Indians rotation and has taken on greater importance this year with injuries to starters Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, and Danny Salazar.
"Really good win from all facets of the game."
— SportsTime Ohio (@SportsTimeOhio) May 9, 2019
The right-hander has not recorded a decision in his last three starts but has given the Indians a chance to win all of them. Bieber is getting a second crack at the White Sox in five days after they reached him for three runs in 6 1-3 innings of Cleveland’s 5-3 walk-off victory.
Both of Bieber’s wins have come on the road, where the 23-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts while holding opposing hitters to a .145 batting average. Bieber is 9-0 with a 3.19 ERA in 14 career starts outside Cleveland and did not yield a run in two outings covering 12 2-3 innings on the South Side.
The righty picked up a win in the most recent matchup there, striking out nine while scattering two hits and two walks in six shutout innings of a 10-2 Indians romp. Jose Abreu has taken him deep while going 2 for 6, and Yoan Moncada is 3 for 6 with a double.
The Indians (21-18) averted a three-game sweep in Oakland with a 5-3 victory Sunday when Roberto Perez belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor carries a seven-game hitting streak into this game, going 11 for 31 (.355).
Lopez tries to pick up where ChiSox rotation left off in Toronto
The White Sox (18-21) wrapped up a seven-game road swing through Cleveland and Toronto with three victories, winning the last two north of the border on the strength of strong starting pitching.
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) May 12, 2019
Anderson, who went 3 for 4 in Sunday’s win, was 5 for 12 with a pair of homers in Toronto. He is batting .380 at home on the season despite going 4 for 30 there his last eight games.
Reynaldo Lopez (2-4, 6.38) sets out to follow up on the performances by Giolito and Saturday’s winner Ivan Nova in the series opener for Chicago. The right-hander has battled consistency issues in the young season and is looking to avoid a third straight winless outing.
Lopez battled Bieber to a stalemate Wednesday but with a little more drama — he allowed three runs and nine hits while stranding seven runners in six innings. He is 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in four career starts versus the Indians, and this will be his first start at home against them since 2017.
Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has flustered Lopez, going 6 for 10. Francisco Lindor, who entered Sunday’s series finale versus Oakland with a modest six-game hitting streak, is 0 for 8 versus the righty.
The Indians are:
- 14-6 in their last 20 road games vs. the White Sox.
- 11-3 in Bieber’s last 14 road starts.
- 24-11 in their last 35 Monday games.
The White Sox are:
- 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games at home.
- 14-30 in their last 44 games vs. the Indians.
- 4-12 in Lopez’s last 16 starts vs. above-.500 teams.