How fitting that the White Sox end the 2012 season in Cleveland. Given how the Sox played the Indians all season, it is conceivable for a sweep. Then again, after last week’s games, it could be bad. Here is what you need to know about the final series for the 2012 regular season:
2012 Record: White Sox 83-76, 2nd in AL Central. Indians 67-92, 4th in AL Central.
2012 Season Series: 9-6
All-Time Series Record: 1,044-999 (The Sox are 488-527 at Cleveland)
The following pitchers are expected to start the three games:
Hector Santiago: 3-1, 3.69 ERA, 69K vs. Corey Kluber: 2-4, 5.02 ERA, 48K
Jake Peavy: 11-12, 3.37 ERA, 186K vs. Justin Masterson: 11-15, 5.03 ERA, 154K
Gavin Floyd: 11-11, 4.47 ERA, 138K vs. David Huff: 3-0, 2.86 ERA, 17K
All three games begin at 6:05 pm CDT. Wednesday’s game is the free MLB.com game of the day.
Yesterday was the final home game of the 2012 regular season for the White Sox. (I’m staying positive!) It might have been the last time that Jake Peavy, AJ Pierzynski and Kevin Youkilis would be before the hometown fans for the regular season. On top of that reality, the game was just . . . ugly (to be kind.) On top of the ugly play -the Sox have lost 10 of their last 12 games- news came out today that Paul Konerko would be undergoing hand surgery in the off season. Oh and the Tigers now have just one win or Sox loss to cinch up the AL Central crown.
All in all, it isn’t pretty. The Tigers have been playing like crap too, but end up getting wins when they really need it (like yesterday’s win against the Twins.) They are off to play the Royals for the final series. While they were swept earlier in the month by the Royals, I wouldn’t count on that happening again. The Royals have lost up and comer Eric Hosmer to injury and have played like poop of late.
As for the Indians, well they are on a mini surge of late. Granted, they’ve been playing the Royals, but right after their series against the Sox last week, the team fired manager Manny Acta. Now, they have interim manager Sandy Alomar, Jr. and they are getting that new manager bump. Whether that keeps going is anyone’s guess.
Of course, after tonight, it could be all over for the Sox. A loss and it is done. A Tigers win, it is all done. Hopefully the Royals can be “good” again and take care of the Tigers, who have notoriously been bad on the road this season. And of course, the Sox take care of their own business to live another day.
Who’s Hot: Kevin Youkilis hit .321 on the recent homestand. He needs to keep doing what he’s been doing to give the Sox a chance. Asdrubal Cabrera has 16 hits in his last 47 at-bats. This all over his last 11 games for the Indians. Who’s Not: The White Sox offense has been abysmal in the last 12 games, but it has gone back even further. If the team misses the playoffs, it can be squarely traced back to the extreme failure with RISP as well as cold bats up and down the lineup. Carlos Santana has drawn the collar in his last 10 at-bats