It’s an East Coast start today, so here’s an abbreviated preview of tonight’s game. Cleveland still leads the American League Central Division at 37-33 with a great offense, a good defense, an excellent rotation, and a horrible, putrid, god-awful, disastrous bullpen.
Dylan Covey is on the mound for the Sox, looking to sustain his shocking success through six 2018 starts. Meanwhile, Trevor Bauer is starting from a higher floor and having an even bigger breakout (2.32 FIP and 3.3 fWAR in just 14 starts). He’s pitching against the same White Sox team he faced five days ago, when he gave up three runs in 7⅔ innings and struck out 12 but lost 3-2.
Bauer is a tough opponent for Yoan Moncada, who, if you haven’t noticed, is struggling pretty badly. When he hit the DL on May 4, he was batting .263/.359/.509; since returning on May 15, he’s slashed .185/.236/.300. But you know what they say about Yo-Yos—what goes down must come up.
Trevor has been extremely effective against the AL Central this season! ⚡️— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 18, 2018
In his 7 starts facing the division, Bauer has a 2.57 ERA, averaging nearly 9 strikeouts a game. In his last 4 starts, TB has struck out 10 or more batters.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/Df33q8dhiJ