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Well-rested White Sox, Indians set for doubleheader

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Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

  1. The season series between the White Sox and Indians is tied 7-7. Each of the last six games was decided by a one- or two-run margin (three wins for each team). Cleveland has won four of the previous five season series with Chicago (White Sox won in 2019).
  2. The White Sox have allowed only 13 home runs in September, which ties them with the Dodgers for the fewest in the majors. But they have hit only 13 homers this month, second fewest of any major-league team (Texas, 10).
  3. Tim Anderson has recorded at least one hit in all six games he's played since his brief stint on the injured list due to a left hamstring strain (8-for-27, .296). Anderson is batting .302 for the season, which would be his third consecutive season at .300 or better.
  4. The Indians are 2-8 at Progressive Field in September and they have scored only 18 runs in those 10 games. Cleveland is the only team in MLB which has not scored at least five runs in a home game this month.
  5. Amed Rosario was 5-for-5 in the Indians' win at Kansas City on August 31, but he is 9-for-51 (.176) in 13 games since then. Rosario has a .311 batting average in 13 games versus the White Sox this season (14-for-45).
  6. Rookie Emmanuel Clase, who saved the Indians' win over the Royals on Tuesday, has allowed only one run, 12 hits and two walks in 28.2 innings over his last 28 games. Clase has 24 saves this season. No other rookie has more than seven saves this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2021 thru 9/23/2021
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Chicago White Sox and host Cleveland Indians will be rested entering Thursday's doubleheader that begins a five-game series.

Both clubs saw their respective Wednesday matinees postponed due to inclement weather. The White Sox (85-66) will make up their game against the Tigers in Detroit on Monday, while the Indians (74-76) will host the Kansas City Royals on the same day.

As for Thursday, Chicago likely will be inspired as its magic number to clinch its first American League Central title since 2008 rests at two games.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa, however, is more interested in how his team is playing heading into the playoffs as opposed to just punching its ticket to the second season.

"These 11 games (to finish the regular season), I wish we could have played today. Use the 11 games to get ready for Game 1," La Russa said on Wednesday. "As long as we compete, we'll be ready. The thing is you never take that for granted."

Chicago has lost five of its last seven games, prompting La Russa to view his team with a critical eye.

"You've got to be able to execute in this league, and our execution is not where it has to be in all phases," he said.

The White Sox will send right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (3-3, 3.00 ERA) to the mound for the first contest of the doubleheader. They'll decide on their starting pitcher for the nightcap depending on the result of Game 1.

Lopez, who was scheduled to start on Wednesday, gave up seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in four innings to the Los Angeles Angels in his last outing.

Lopez, 27, struck out four and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings of a no-decision against Cleveland on Aug. 1. He owns a 2-3 record with a 3.71 ERA in eight career appearances (seven starts) versus the Indians.

Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale (11-4, 3.40) will get the nod in the opener, while Zach Plesac (10-6, 4.59) will look to snap a modest two-game skid when he takes the mound in the nightcap.

With all due respect to both Civale and Plesac, another Indians pitcher was the topic of the day on Wednesday. Reigning AL Cy Young Award recipient Shane Bieber was deemed ready to return Friday after a three-plus-month absence due to a right shoulder sprain.

"We'll definitely have a pitch count on him," acting manager DeMarlo Hale said of Bieber. "We haven't established that yet, but it won't be too big of a jump from the rehab game there in the minor leagues to the big leagues."

Civale, 26, scattered four hits over six scoreless innings in an 11-3 win at the New York Yankees on Saturday.

He improved to 4-2 with a 3.51 ERA in six career starts against the White Sox after permitting one run on five hits in six innings in a 4-2 victory in Chicago on April 15.

Yoan Moncada (6-for-14) and Tim Anderson (5-for-15) have enjoyed success versus Civale, although the hurler has flustered Yasmani Grandal (1-for-9, five strikeouts).

Plesac, 26, surrendered five runs on seven hits -- including two homers -- in an 8-0 loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Plesac owns a 1-2 record with a 9.53 ERA in three starts versus the White Sox this season. All told, he is 2-4 with a 4.70 ERA in eight career encounters with Chicago.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 23, 2021

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