White Sox Game Notes For Friday @ Cleveland

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stats_logo_400x225*Chicago took 11 of the 18 matchups against Cleveland in 2012, including six of nine games in Cleveland. The White Sox outscored Cleveland 58-27 on their home turf in those nine contests last season.

* The White Sox began the 2013 season with two series at home, winning 2-of-3 in both of the series, but they got swept by the Nationals in Washington the next three games. The White Sox’ pitching allowed double-digit hits in all three losses to the Nationals.

* Alejandro De Aza was just 1-for-12 with zero runs scored in the White Sox opening series against Kansas City. But since that series, De Aza has crossed the plate in five of the Sox’ six games (six runs scored) while batting .360 (9-for-25).

* Cleveland’s pitching has started off poorly in 2013, posting a 5.58 ERA through the first eight games – 28th in MLB. The staff’s 16 home runs allowed are second most behind Seattle’s 19.

*Justin Masterson has been nothing short of spectacular, allowing only one run in 13 innings pitched this season (0.69 ERA), and just two runs in his last three starts dating back to 2012, (with a 0.95 ERA in those three starts). Masterson has recorded the win in nine of the Indians’ 32 wins since July 1, 2012, accounting for 28.1 percent of the team’s wins, the highest percentage of any single pitcher for any team in that time.

* Carlos Santana went 5-for-5 in the Indians’ series finale against Tampa Bay on April 7, bringing his batting average up to .500 for the season. He followed that performance by going 1-for-2 against the Yankees  the next day to maintain that average. Santana is the only qualifying MLB player currently batting .500 or better.

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