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Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 15th 2022

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The Cleveland Guardians will host the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon at Progressive Field, a makeup game for a rainout on Aug. 21.

The matchup begins a particularly important stretch for the Guardians, who will play their next nine games against the White Sox (four) and Twins (five), the two teams chasing the Guardians in the American League Central.

 

 

After beating the Angels 5-3 while the second-place White Sox fell 3-0 in Colorado on Wednesday, Cleveland holds a four-game lead in the division. Minnesota is five back of the Guardians.

Cleveland hopes to get continued production from outfielder Oscar Gonzalez, who not only has earned his way into the lineup, but has been hitting in the cleanup spot recently behind No. 3 hitter Jose Ramirez.

That spot is particularly important because Ramirez, who is hitting .282 with 27 homers, 111 RBIs and an .887 OPS, has been walked intentionally 15 times this season, second only to the Yankees' Aaron Judge (16) in the AL.

"I see it as a challenge," Gonzalez said of batting after an intentional walk to Ramirez. "But the next time there's an opportunity, they'll realize it's a mistake for them."

After going 3-for-4 with a home run Wednesday against the Angels, Gonzalez is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with four homers, 12 RBIs and a 1.088 OPS in 13 games in September.

It's the kind of production the club was hoping for from Gonzalez, though not necessarily right now. Gonzalez began the season in the minors and wasn't called up until May 26.

The knock on Gonzalez was that he needed to work on his plate discipline, that he would swing at too many pitches out of the strike zone.

"We just want to see how many good pitches he can swing at," Guardians manager Terry Francona said. "And to his credit -- he'll go out of the zone, but more often than not, especially when he gets down in the count, he'll shorten up and get something he can handle. And he has such good hands that he can still hit with some force, even when he's shortening up."

Hunter Gaddis will start for Cleveland, his second start in the majors. In his only other start, he gave up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 9-3 loss to Houston on Aug. 5.

Lance Lynn (6-5, 4.07 ERA) will make his 18th start of the season for the White Sox. He has won each of his last three starts, allowing only one earned run in 20 combined innings.

Lynn missed the first two months of the season because of a knee injury, and struggled when he returned to the active roster. But he has worked his way back into the form that had him finish third in Cy Young award voting last season.

"He dealt with injury the whole beginning of the year, really," White Sox outfielder Andrew Vaughn said. "He's coming out, he's got some fire and he's throwing the ball really, really well."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Chicago White Sox
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3
Cleveland Indians

Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Recap SEP 15TH 2022

Yoan Moncada had four hits, including one of five home runs by the visiting Chicago White Sox, helping them to an 8-2 win against the Cleveland Guardians in a makeup game on Thursday afternoon.

Jose Abreu had three hits and two RBIs, and Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughn, Yasmani Grandal and Elvis Andrus also homered for Chicago (74-70), which pulled within three games of the first-place Guardians in the American League Central.

White Sox starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings. Lynn (7-5) struck out six and walked one to improve to 3-0 in three starts this month with a 0.93 ERA. He went 3-1 in six starts in August with a 2.45 ERA.

Guardians starter Hunter Gaddis (0-2) allowed all five home runs in his second MLB start, becoming the first Cleveland pitcher to allow five home runs in a game since Luis Tiant on April 18, 1969.

Gaddis, who surrendered eight runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings of his MLB debut on Aug. 5 against the visiting Houston Astros, allowed seven runs on eight hits in four innings against the White Sox, striking out three and walking one.

Myles Straw had three hits and scored a run, and Amed Rosario and Will Benson each had two hits and an RBI for the Guardians (76-66), who were trying to win a season-best seven in a row.

Sheets and Vaughn hit back-to-back homers in the second inning to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead.

Andres Gimenez and Benson hit back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 3-1.

Moncada got the run back with a solo homer in the third to make it 4-1.

Grandal went deep in the fourth to stretch the lead to 5-1, and Andrus homered to lead off the fifth for a 6-1 lead. Moncado followed with a double before scoring on a single by Abreu for a 7-1 edge.

Lynn departed after allowing a one-out double in the seventh to Straw, who came home on a two-out infield single by Rosario to make it 7-2.

Abreu added another RBI single in the ninth to close the scoring.

--Field Level Media

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