Indians Game Information: April 10 vs. White Sox
CLEVELAND INDIANS (5-4) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (4-5)
RHP Danny Salazar (0-0, 3.18) vs. LHP John Danks (0-0, 3.86)
Game #10/Road #4 » Thursday, April 10, 2014 » U.S. Cellular Field » 8:10 p.m. (ET) » SportsTime Ohio, WTAM-WMMS/IRN
WINS & LOSSES
• Cleveland split a traditional doubleheader with San Diego on Wednesday afternoon, securing a 2-0 shutout in Game One before dropping a tight 2-1 affair in Game Two…the twin bill was the result of a rainout on Monday.
• Cleveland finished the 6-day, 6-game homestand at an even 3-3 against Minnesota (1-2) and San Diego (2-1)…club began the year with a brief 3-game road trip during which Tribe took 2 of 3 from Oakland, improving to 27-9 against the A.L. West since start of 2013 campaign.
• The Indians are set to embark on an 8-day, 7-game road trip through Chicago (4 games) & Detroit (3 games)…Friday began a stretch of 10 consecutive game dates before club’s next scheduled off day on April 14 (Monday) in the Motor City.
• Tribe is 2-1 on the road and 3-3 at Progressive Field…team has gone a perfect 3-0 in night games, but 2-4 during the day.
DOUBLEHEADER QUICK HITS
• Over the past 5 seasons (2010-14), Cleveland has gone 18-6 in 12 doubleheaders with 6 sweeps and 6 splits.
• Wednesday marked the first time two teams split a doubleheader in which each winning team plated 2 runs-or-less since Sept. 9, 1983 when Milwaukee & Detroit both recorded 2-1 wins at County Stadium (ELIAS).
• Cleveland’s loss in Game 2 snapped a streak of 11 consecutive wins for the Indians in games decided by one-or-two runs dating back to 2013; that had been the longest such streak for Cleveland since an 11-gamer in June/July of 1974 (ELIAS).
A.L. CENTRAL STANDINGS
• Cleveland holds 2nd place in the A.L. Central standings, 1.0 game behind first place Detroit (5-2) & one half-game ahead of 3rd place Kansas City (-1.5G, 4-4)…Tribe has spent 2 days in 1st place, 7 days in 2nd place and one day in 3rd place.
• The DH split with the Padres earned Cleveland a 2-1 series win over San Diego, as the Indians are 2-1-0 in 3 series played so far this season (1-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road)…the Tribe is a perfect 3-0 in series openers, but 1-2 in series finales.
THE TOWN THAT BILLY SUNDAY COULDN’T SHUT DOWN
• The Indians are set to begin a 4-game set against the Chicago White Sox here at U.S. Cellular Field, the first of 19 meetings between the two squads in 2014.
• In finishing the 2013 season with a 17-2 record against the Sox, Cleveland matched a Division Era (since ‘69) MLB record for most wins against a single opponent, most since Oakland beat Seattle 17 times in ‘06…Tribe went 9-1 in Chicago, finishing the year on an 8-game winning streak at U.S. Cellular Field…that active 8-game streak is the Indians longest ever at this venue since “New” Comiskey Park opened its doors in 1991.
• The 14 straight wins over the Sox from June 28 to the end of the season were most for Cleveland vs. one team since reeling off 14 straight victories against the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 – a streak that is still active entering this series…a victory tonight would give the Tribe a 15-game win streak vs. the Sox and
would tie the 2nd-longest streak against a single opponent in franchise history (STATS LLC).
Tribe’s 14-game streak vs. Sox is the longest active winning streak by any team against a single opponent; next closest is Texas Rangers’ current 11-game win streak over the Houston Astros that dates back to July 7, 2013…last team to win 15+ straight games vs. one opponent was Milwaukee w/ 17 in-a-row over Pittsburgh from July 4, 2008-May 5, 2009…last A.L. team?: Oakland w/15 in a row over Seattle from April 7-Aug. 16, 2006 (STATS).
• Cleveland swept three 4-game series from Chicago last year, the first such instance for the Indians in franchise history against the same opponent and the first instance in MLB since the Los Angeles Dodgers accomplished the feat against the New York Mets in 1963.
OF CENTRAL IMPORTANCE
• Beginning tonight, 11 of the Tribe’s next 14 games are set to be played against A.L. Central foes.
• The Indians went 44-32 (.579) against A.L. Central opponents in 2013, a 13-win improvement over their divisional record in 2012 (.431, 31-41).