The Cleveland Indians look to record a franchise-record 15th consecutive victory as well as complete a perfect 11-game road trip when they wrap up their four-game series against the host Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Cleveland equaled the club mark set last season with a 5-1 victory on Wednesday and is a major league-best 35-11 since July 21.
Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday’s win and is 7-for-11 with two homers over his last three games. Edwin Encarnacion has registered four two-hit performances while going 11-for-27 with two homers during his seven-game hitting streak. The Indians have won the first three contests of the set despite being just 5-for-31 with runners in scoring position - 0-for-11 on Wednesday - while the White Sox have lost seven of their last nine to fall 30 games below .500. Adam Engel homered in the ninth inning for Chicago’s lone run, just his sixth hit in 71 at-bats over his last 24 contests.
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Indians RH Corey Kluber (14-4, 2.56 ERA) vs. White Sox LH Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.15)
Kluber has been superb over the past six-plus weeks, going 7-1 with a 2.12 ERA in his last nine starts. The 31-year-old has won five consecutive road decisions and is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 11 turns away from home this season. Kluber is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this year and 8-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 18 career appearances (17 starts).
Rodon is making his 13th start of the season and hopeful of a strong finish after a shoulder injury caused him to miss nearly three months. The 24-year-old has struck out 10 or more batters three times this year and has registered a total of 76 in 69 1/3 innings. Rodon settled for a no-decision against Cleveland when he allowed one run and six hits with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings on July 30 and is a solid 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts) versus the Indians.
1. Indians INF Jose Ramirez was hitless in four at-bats Wednesday after going 19-for-38 with seven blasts over his previous nine contests.
2. Chicago OF Nicky Delmonico (wrist) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and went hitless in three at-bats.
3. Cleveland OF Jay Bruce (neck) likely will miss his sixth straight game.
PREDICTION: Indians 4, White Sox 1