If the White Sox are serious about winning the AL Central Division, then they better find a way to get the job done against an Indians team that has beaten them eight times in 12 meetings this season.
After dropping two-of-three against the Bronx Bombers, the Pale Hose will hand the ball to reliable left-hander Mark Buehrle. Since getting drilled at home against Seattle back on July 28th, Buehrle has pitched well in five August starts allowing only 12 earned runs and 33 hits in 35.0 innings of work. After the math, that shakes down to a solid 3-2 record and a respectable 3.09 ERA! With Marc holding the pill, Chicago has posted wins in 15 of its last 21 priced as road chalk and seven of its last 10 facing a team with a sub. 500 record.
Getting the call for the home team will be right-hander Mitch Talbot. Facing Oakland, Kansas City and Seattle, Talbot was clocked for 12 earned runs and 22 hits in just 14.2 innings of work. That’s bad enough for a dismal 0-2 record and an elevated 7.36 ERA! Progressive Field hasn’t been kind to Mitch either. At home, No. 51 owns a woeful 0-5 mark and an embarrassing 7.22 ERA in his last seven starts.
Cleveland has historically started slow in the first game of a series dropping 36 of its last 52 battles and has slipped in eight of its last 11 in division play. Meanwhile, the ChiSox have nailed 17 of its last 22 series lid-lifters and 29 of its last 42 priced as a favorite. The White Sox have to run the table in this series and they know it. Take Chicago with listed pitcher Buehrle. Thank you and best of luck, Tom Stryker.