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Indians' Carrasco seeks 2nd straight win over White Sox
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
- The Indians have scored fewer than nine runs in 41 consecutive games dating back to last September, the longest such active streak in MLB. Cleveland is the only team in the majors this season that has failed to score at least nine runs in any game.
- The White Sox won two out of three game against the Blue Jays over the weekend. Chicago has either won or tied four of its last five series overall, going 9-7 over that time.
- The Indians and the White Sox have split six matchups so far this season (all in Cleveland), including splitting a four-game series earlier this month. Chicago's starting pitching staff has a 2.39 ERA against Cleveland this season, and has recorded a quality start in five of six games.
- Reynaldo Lopez and Shane Bieber squared up against each other on May 8, each taking a no decision and allowing three earned runs. Bieber, however, has a 1.42 ERA in 19.0 career innings against the White Sox, while Lopez has a 7.11 ERA in 19.0 career innings against the Indians.
- Leonys Martin has struck out in 21 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors (includes pitchers). The last Indians player to strike out in more consecutive games was Kelly Shoppach, who struck out in 23 straight games spanning the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
- James McCann is batting .424 (14-for-33) in May, the third-highest batting average in the AL over that time behind George Springer (.452) and Rafael Devers (.426; min. 30 PA).
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Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco recently called his speedier delivery a "cheat code," channeling video-game slang that describes a measure that gives a player an edge.
If Carrasco should push the host Chicago White Sox's buttons again during his Tuesday afternoon start, he figures to acknowledge that tactic as the end credits roll.
"My first three games of the season, it was a little bit slow," Carrasco said. "I just started to do my delivery a little bit more quick, more fast. That's the difference."
Pitching at Cleveland's Progressive Field last Thursday, Carrasco (3-3, 4.91 ERA) limited the White Sox to two hits while going the distance in a rain-shortened, five-inning, 5-0 victory. Carrasco struck out six, and he has fanned 56 batters in 40 1/3 innings over eight starts this season.
He traces the breakthrough to an April 17 start in Seattle. After yielding six earned runs twice in his first three starts, Carrasco held the Mariners to three hits over seven shutout innings while matching his season high with 12 strikeouts.
"I got surprised because I couldn't do that from the beginning of the season," Carrasco said, "but I didn't think about it the first three games. After that, I just started working really hard. Right now, my pitches look great. ... Slider and changeup, too."
Whatever his tempo, Carrasco boasts respectable career numbers at the White Sox's Guaranteed Rate Field, where he is 6-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 13 games, including 11 starts.
The White Sox will be looking for their fourth straight victory after winning the series opener 5-2 on Monday. The Chicago offense smacked four solo home runs while the pitching trio of Reynaldo Lopez, Aaron Bummer and Alex Colome threw a combined two-hitter.
Left-hander Manny Banuelos (2-2, 6.67 ERA) is set to start for the White Sox in his second straight outing against the Indians. Opposing Carrasco on Thursday, Banuelos allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings with five walks and five strikeouts.
Banuelos admitted to his struggles after the game, calling the start "a battle." After compiling a 2.70 ERA in his first six appearances of the season, including two starts, he has been unable to provide stability to an inconsistent rotation.
"I gave up a base hit in the first inning, and then after that, I got in trouble every single inning," Banuelos said. "Too many walks. I have to figure it out. I have to work. I'm still walking too many people."
White Sox manager Rick Renteria reiterated the team's confidence in Banuelos going forward.
"He's going to get opportunities to pitch, and if the command and strike-to-ball ratio improve -- which is necessary for a starting pitcher, and right now he's 2-to-1, and we like 3-to-1 -- (he can succeed)," Renteria said. "He has enough stuff, off-speed, nice-enough fastball. If he commands it, he has a chance to still be effective."
The White Sox had lost six of eight before their current three-game roll. The Indians have lost six of their past nine games, and haven't scored more than five runs in a game this month.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 14, 2019