Cleveland Indians (64-51 SU, 54-61 ATS, 58-53-4 O/U) at Chicago White Sox (42-73 SU, 60-55 ATS, 54-56-5 O/U)
When and Where: Sunday, Aug. 12, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Ill., 2:10 p.m. EDT.
Carlos Carrasco looks to extend his mastery of the Chicago White Sox as he leads the Cleveland Indians into the finale of a three-game series Sunday in the Windy City.
Carrasco seeks fifth straight winning start over ChiSox
Carrasco (13-6, 3.69 ERA) has won his last four starts over the White Sox, conceding just three runs over 29 1-3 innings during that winning streak. The right-hander has a 0.99 ERA in his last five starts in the series, striking out 39 in 36 1-3 innings while limiting Chicago hitters to a .156 batting average.
He is looking to start a new winning streak after having a five-game run end Tuesday versus Minnesota after yielding three runs and 10 hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 3-2 defeat. Carrasco has a 2.37 ERA over his last seven appearances, which included picking up a win in relief before the All-Star break.
The righty has been solid on the road this season, going 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 11 starts and winning his last three decisions. Carrasco is 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his last four road starts, a run that began with a 4-0 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 11 when he scattered two hits and one walk with 11 strikeouts over seven innings.
Despite his recent run of success, Carrasco is still 7-9 with a 4.33 ERA in 21 career starts versus the White Sox. Jose Abreu has taken Carrasco deep twice but is just 8 for 40 with 10 strikeouts lifetime in their matchups.
Slumping Covey tries to avoid fourth straight losing start
Second-year pitcher Dylan Covey (4-8, 5.58 ERA) has struggled for the better part of two months as he looks to avoid dropping his fourth consecutive start and seventh in his last eight overall for the White Sox.
The righty was reached for four runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-0 defeat Monday to the New York Yankees, marking the sixth time in seven starts he has given up at least four runs. Covey has an 8.31 ERA during his seven-start swoon, and opposing hitters have battered him to the tune of a .306 average with 13 extra-base hits in 34 2-3 innings.
Covey is 1-1 with a 4.31 ERA in three starts against the Indians this year, yielding 12 runs and 21 hits in 16 1-3 innings. The lone victory came at home June 12 when he limited them to two runs despite allowing 10 hits over seven innings of a 3-2 victory.
In the most recent outing June 18, the righty took the loss in a 6-2 setback after giving up five runs and six hits with five walks in five innings.