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The Indians are averaging 3.33 runs in going just 5-7 against the White Sox this season. They have averaged 4.80 runs against all other teams this year while going 74-51.
➢ At 79-58, Cleveland is closing on its seventh straight season with a .500 or better record. In the Wild Card-era dating to 1995, the Indians have ended 16 seasons at .500 or better, and among AL teams only the Yankees (25) and Red Sox (20) have had more.
➢ Francisco Lindor hit his 26th homer over the weekend, and now has five home runs in his last nine games. Among leadoff hitters, Lindor’s 62 extra-base hits are second in MLB. (Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, 67).
➢ Mike Clevinger gets the start for the Indians on Tuesday, and has gone 9-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 11 starts since the beginning of July. No Cleveland right-handed starter has won more decisions in a row since Gaylord Perry won 15 consecutive decisions from April 12-July 3 in 1974.
➢ The White Sox have lost six in a row, and in the last five, Chicago’s starting pitchers have posted a 14.58 ERA. In only one other season since 1975 have the White Sox had a five-game stretch in which their starters recorded a higher ERA and that was last year at 15.98 ERA from April 17-22 (excludes overlapping stretch).
➢ Tim Anderson has 11 multi-hit games since August 14, tied with the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon for the most in MLB. On the season, Anderson is batting .452 in 93 at-bats with nobody on and nobody out – best in the majors among hitters with at least 50 such plate appearances.