White Sox and Guardians meet to decide series winner
Cleveland Guardians (14-14, third in the AL Central) vs. Chicago White Sox (13-14, second in the AL Central)
Chicago; Wednesday, 2:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Aaron Civale (1-2, 9.45 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 22 strikeouts); White Sox: Vince Velasquez (1-2, 4.58 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 19 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: White Sox -146, Guardians +124; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Both the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Guardians are looking for a series win with a victory on Wednesday.
Chicago has gone 8-7 in home games and 13-14 overall. The White Sox have gone 4-9 in games when they have allowed at least one home run.
Cleveland has a 14-14 record overall and a 6-4 record in home games. Guardians hitters are batting a collective .256, the highest team batting average in the AL.
The matchup Wednesday is the sixth meeting between these teams this season. The Guardians have a 4-1 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Abreu has five doubles and three home runs for the White Sox. Gavin Sheets is 5-for-29 with a double and two home runs over the last 10 games.
Jose Ramirez has eight doubles, a triple and seven home runs while hitting .295 for the Guardians. Josh Naylor is 13-for-34 with two doubles and four home runs over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 6-4, .234 batting average, 2.39 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs
Guardians: 7-3, .261 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs
INJURIES: White Sox: Aaron Bummer: 15-Day IL (knee), Andrew Vaughn: 10-Day IL (hand), Eloy Jimenez: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Yermin Mercedes: 10-Day IL (hand), Lance Lynn: 10-Day IL (knee), Garrett Crochet: 10-Day IL (elbow), Jonathan Stiever: 60-Day IL (lat)
Guardians: Yu Chang: 10-Day IL (covid-19), James Karinchak: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Carlos Vargas: 60-Day IL (undisclosed), Cody Morris: 60-Day IL (shoulder)