Pregame notes vs. White Sox: Kipnis, rotation, 30 in 30
The Indians are in a stretch of 30 games in 30 dates, caused in part by a rainout on June 18 at home vs. the Angels. According to Elias, it would mark Cleveland’s longest consecutive streak of game dates since May 21 – June 27, 1968 when the Indians played 41 games over a span of 38 consecutive dates (3 DH’s).
With a 2.42 ERA since Aug. 1, the Tribe’s pitching staff owns the 2nd-lowest figure in the Majors this month (13-8 team record)…that includes a 2.57 ERA by the rotation (2nd in MLB, SEA: 2.26) and a 2.17 ERA by the bullpen (3rd in A.L., 4th in MLB).
Cleveland’s rotation owns a 1.71 ERA (15 ER/79.0 IP) over the club’s last 13 games since Aug. 9 (9-4 record), collecting 87 strikeouts against 22 walks while holding opponents to a .176 clip (49-278).
Over the same 13-game span (since Aug. 9), Cleveland relievers have reinforced the rotation’s performance by posting a 1.29 ERA (6 ER/42.0 IP).
Northbrook, Ill., native Jason Kipnis has hit safely in 22 of his 24 career games here at U.S. Cellular Field, batting .382 (34-89) with 7 2B’s, one 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI and 11 SB (11-for-11).
The Tribe is 13-8 in August (4th in A.L., 5th in MLB) with 6 games remaining, as club is seeking to finish .500-or-better for a 4th straight month.
The Indians have begun a stretch that will see the Indians play 28 of their final 39 games against A.L. Central foes