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Carlos Rodón on the mound against newcomer Shane Bieber

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
The hardest button to button: Carlos Rodón has racked up five straight quality starts.
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Carlos Rodón, noted jersey unbuttoner, has been on a roll. The White Sox ace has allowed two runs or fewer while pitching six innings or more (averaging nearly seven) in each of his last five starts. His 4.41 BB/9 over that stretch is a bit concerning, but he’s gotten enough strikeouts and weak contact to pitch over the occasional lapse in control. He’ll need that control tonight, because the Indians have a whole pack of lefty mashers, including Brandon Guyer, Yan Gomes, and Francisco Lindor (the rare switch-hitter who’s better from the right side).

For the Tribe, it’ll be Shane “Not Justin” Bieber on the mound, making the 11th start of his rookie season and his first against the Sox. The former top prospect has been impressive so far, with 58 strikeouts to just 11 walks in his first 57 innings. (The 4.58 ERA is a bit high, but also a bit unlucky.) Bieber throws a four-seam fastball that sits around 93 with good movement. He’s also got a sharp slider and a decent changeup, and has been mixing in a curveball against left-handed batters.

A notable change to tonight’s lineup: Yoán Moncada has been dropped to the eighth spot against a right-hander. Since the All-Star break, Moncada’s hit .122/.250/.216. So, yeah. Not good. Nicky Delmonico takes his place in the leadoff spot, and Ryan LaMarre is starting in center for some reason.

Cleveland Lineup

  1. Francisco Lindor (SS)
  2. Michael Brantley (LF)
  3. José Ramirez (3B)
  4. Edwin Encarnación (DH)
  5. Brandon Guyer (RF)
  6. Yonder Alonso (1B)
  7. Yan Gomes (C)
  8. Jason Kipnis (2B)
  9. Rajai Davis (CF)

Shane Bieber (SP)