The American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians look to match the franchise record of 14 consecutive victories when they visit the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday for the third contest of their four-game series. Cleveland rolled to a 9-4 victory on Tuesday for its 13th win in a row - one shy of the mark set by last season’s team.
Jose Ramirez belted two homers during Tuesday’s triumph as the Indians extended the longest winning streak in the major leagues this season. The hot-hitting Ramirez has launched five shots in his last three games, registered three multi-homer performances in his last eight contests and is a torrid 19-for-38 with seven blasts over his last nine games. The White Sox have dropped six of their last eight and are a horrid 29 games below .500. Chicago’s Matt Davidson slugged a three-run homer on Tuesday but is just 3-for-32 over his last eight contests.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (13-6, 3.67 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 6.06)
Carrasco is 3-1 over his last five outings and has allowed fewer than two runs in four of the starts. The 30-year-old is one victory away from matching the career high he set in 2015 and 17 strikeouts shy of his second campaign with 200. Carrasco has gone 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in three turns against the White Sox this year to improve to 5-9 with a 4.82 ERA in 20 career appearances (19 starts).
Lopez lost to Tampa Bay in his last outing as he gave up three runs and five hits over six innings. The 23-year-old has struck out 19 in 16 1/3 frames over three starts for Chicago but also has served up four homers. Lopez is 5-5 with 61 strikeouts in 60 1/3 big-league innings, including 11 appearances (six starts) with Washington last season.
1. The Indians have outscored their opponents 93-25 during their 13-game winning streak.
2. Cleveland OF Jay Bruce (neck) has missed four straight games and is questionable for Wednesday.
3. Chicago requested waivers on disappointing LHP Derek Holland, activated 2B Yoan Moncada (shin) from the 10-day disabled list - he was 1-for-5 on Tuesday - and recalled LHP Jace Fry from Double-A Birmingham.
PREDICTION: Indians 8, White Sox 2