Opponent: Cleveland Indians
Record: 41-57, .418, Fourth Place, 14 GB (AL Central)
Place: U. S. Cellular Field
Time & TV: Game 1: 7:05 p.m. (WCIU); Game 2: 1:05 p.m. (WGN)
2002 Record vs Sox: 10-9
2003 Record vs Sox: 8-6
The Cleveland Indians are coming off of a four-game sweep at the hands
of the new York Yankees and have only won one of their last seven
games. Milton Bradley leads the team with a .320 average, while Matt
Lawton leads in the power department with 15 homers and 47 RBIs.
However, Lawton is on the disabled list, so Casey Blake and Jody Gerut will be the ones to watch out for. Cleveland’s starting rotation
has been suspect most of the year as they have had ten different
starters this year. C.C. Sabathia leads the rotation in wins with 8,
but he misses the Sox in this short series. When the game gets into
the later innings, Cleveland can depend on Dan Miceli and Carl Sadler
with their sub-2.00 ERAs. Danys Baez leads the team with 21 saves, but
he also six blown saves.
WHO'S HOT (Last 7 days)
Coco Crisp, RF: .375, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
--Crisp is the best candidate on this team for the hottest player, but
no one really deserves this title. Cleveland has been getting drubbed
as of late. Crisp was just not getting drubbed as bad as everyone else.
WHO'S NOT (Last 7 days)
Ryan Ludwick, OF: . 100, 1 hits, 4 K
--Ludwick was just acquired for outfielder Shane Spencer, and since
being called up recently, he has yet to perform like a major leaguer.
Mike Porzio (0-1, 4.76, 6 K) vs. Terry Mulholland (1-2, 4.36, 20 K) / Brian Tallet (0-1, 3.77 ERA)
--It is unclear who is going to be going up against Porzio in this game. First it was Billy Traber, than Brian Tallet, then it was officially given to Terry Mulholland and then back to Tallet. With that, it is a duo of five-and-out lefty starters anyway you look at it. One problem, Tallet is someone new to the Sox, and we all know what happens in these cases.
Bartolo Colon (6-9, 4.36, 101 K) vs. Jason Davis (7-7, 4.54, 61 K)
--Davis has been consistent in most of his starts so far this year,
including a strong seven-inning performance against the Sox earlier. He has been striking out more batters as of late, but he has
also given up numerous homers. On the Sox side of the table, Colon has looked weak and very beatable of late, making this a very important start for him.
KEY TO THE SERIES
Carry the momentum from the last three games of the Tigers series. If
the Sox can play like they did in the late innings of Saturday’s game,
and the entire game on Sunday, they can come out with a sweep.
Mario Scalise contributed to this piece