2:10 PM ET, September 13, 2013
U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois
Cleveland: Salazar (1-2, 2.92 ERA)
Chicago: Santiago (4-8, 3.44 ERA)
The Cleveland Indians have been doing great versus the Chicago White Sox.
Looking to continue their MLB playoff push, the Indians will try to impress YouWager bettors with a 10th consecutive victory over the last-place Chicago team tonight.
Cleveland (78-68) had been limited to 10 runs during a 1/3 funk before breaking out with a 14-3 rout in last night’s opener. Ryan Raburn and Nick Swisher both went deep and drove in a combined eight runs for the Indians, which is still 1 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second wild-card spot.
Cleveland also moved within six games of AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, which were idle.
The Indians have dominated Chicago (58-88) this baseball season, taking 12 of 14 matchups, including nine straight by a 72-36 margin. That winning streak is Cleveland’s longest in the history of the series dating to 1901.
The White Sox have also dropped 12 of 14 overall, a stretch during which it has hit .216 and been outscored 77-38. Adam Dunn is mired in a 4-for-47 slump (.085), and leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza is 4 for his last 31 (.129). Catcher Josh Phegley has also struggled, going 7 for 39 (.179) in his last 13 games
The Indians will start Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.92 ERA), who has struck out 45 over seven starts spanning 37 innings while holding rivals to a .209 average. The Santo Domingo native allowed one run and struck out eight Sunday versus the New York Mets, but was removed after throwing 80 pitches. His team went on to lose 2-1.
This will be Salazar’s first appearance versus Chicago who sends to the mound Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.44).
The 25 year-old has allowed one or two earned runs in nine of his last 12 starts, but is 1/3 over that stretch mainly in part to receiving an average of just 2.54 runs of support.
Santiago gave up two runs in five innings Saturday in a 4-3, 10-inning defeat versus the Baltimore Orioles.
The lefty has been able to escape without a decision even while compiling a 12.71 ERA in two home starts versus the Indians. He surrendered five runs in 2 1/3 innings — the shortest start of his career — in a 19-10 defeat June 28.