Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
When and Where: Tuesday, May 14, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Ill., 2:10 p.m. EDT.
Carrasco looks to maintain status quo after sharp outing
Carrasco (3-3, 4.91 ERA) looks to pick up where he left off for the Indians after getting credit for a rain-shortened complete game victory in Cleveland over the White Sox on Thursday.
Carlos Carrasco, Nasty 87mph Slider…and K Smile. 🍪 😃 pic.twitter.com/cHWT5oaq3k
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 9, 2019
The right-hander scattered two hits and struck out six in the 5-0, five-inning victory, needing just 63 pitches to blow through 17 hitters. It was the first win in four starts for Carrasco, who improved to 6-0 with an 0.82 ERA in his last eight starts versus his division rivals.
“My first three games of the season it was a little bit slow,” Carrasco told Cleveland.com. “I just started to do my delivery a little bit more quick, more fast. That’s the difference.
“I got surprised because I couldn’t do that from the beginning of the season,” he said. “But I didn’t think about it the first three games. After that I just started working really hard. Right now, my pitches look great…slider and changeup too.”
Carrasco’s challenge is to carry Thursday’s form to the road, where he is 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA in four starts in 2019. The good news is the south side of Chicago has been like a second home of late, with Carrasco going 4-1 with a 1.02 ERA in his last five appearances there. He has held White Sox hitters to a .126 average while striking out 45 in 35 1-3 innings in those games.
ChiSox rookie Banuelos looking to end recent woes
Banuelos (2-2, 6.67) is looking to avoid a third straight losing start while faring better versus Carrasco and the Indians. The left-hander served up a pair of solo homers to Jordan Luplow while giving up five runs and eight hits overall in 4 1-3 innings Thursday.
Manny Banuelos struggles again in White Sox’ rain-shortened loss https://t.co/FFmOv7BT6V
— Chicago News Wire (@WireChicago) May 10, 2019
The big issue over the last two starts for the rookie has been a lack of command. Banuelos was hammered by the Red Sox for 10 straight hits during his May 4 loss in which he allowed nine runs in 2 2-3 innings, and he did himself no favors Thursday by throwing just 52 of his 91 pitches for strikes.
“I’m focused on the control, command of the fastball especially. Breaking ball is there. Figure out the command of my fastball,” Banuelos told the team’s official website. “Hopefully they still have confidence in me. It was back-to-back bad outings, but I’m going to improve.”
Banuelos did pick up his lone win as a starter at home, defeating the Baltimore Orioles on April 29, and is 2-1 with a 6.62 ERA in two starts and five overall appearances at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Indians are:
- 8-0 in Carrasco’s last eight starts vs. the White Sox.
- 25-10 in Carrasco’s last 35 road starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 37-15 in Carrasco’s last 52 starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
The White Sox are:
- 15-36 in their last 51 Tuesday games.
- 0-4 in their last four home games when Carrasco starts for the Indians.