Guardians (52-51) vs. White Sox (41-63) Game Preview | Friday 7/28 7:10 PM

July 28, 2023

Andy Billman

Game 2 of 4 Against the Chicago White Sox


3 Things Preview Guardians vs. White Sox:

1 – Syndergaard starts on Monday

It was announced on Thursday that newly acquired Noah Syndergaard will be starting in Houston on Monday.  Syndergaard comes into Monday’s start with a 7.16 ERA and his last start, before heading to the IL, was on June 6th, a loss in Cincinnati. 

2 –  X Man 

With Syndergaard starting on Monday, it means another bullpen game on Friday night on the Southside with Xzavion Curry starting once again, Curry is enjoying July pitching to an ERA of 1.54 this month.  So far in bullpen games, the Guards are 1-1. 

3 – Gimenez 2-hole?

In back-to-back starts, Andres Gimenez has been found batting second for Cleveland replacing Amed Rosario who was traded to the Dodgers on Wednesday.  He enjoyed the 2-hole last night getting two hits, two runs scored, and an RBI.


Guardians Notes

The Cleveland Guardians, functioning as a team, have managed to score an average of 4.2 runs per game, placing them in the 24th position in the league. They have accumulated a total of 428 runs throughout the season and maintained a team on-base percentage (OBP) of .316. Additionally, the Guardians have hit 187 doubles and sent 79 baseballs out of the stadium. They have also achieved 402 runs batted in (RBIs) and garnered 883 hits, resulting in a batting average of .253. The team’s slugging percentage is .386, and they have been called out on strikes 705 times while drawing 300 walks.

Moving on to the bullpen, the Guardians’ relievers have been successful in saving 58.8% of their opportunities in 112 save situations. They have inherited 118 base runners throughout the season, and 23.7% of those runners have scored for the opposing team. The bullpen has appeared in 128 high-leverage situations and 90 times with runners on base. Overall, the relievers have made 335 appearances on the mound and earned 57 holds (15th in the league). They have recorded 30 saves while converting 21 out of 51 save chances.

On the fielding side, the Cleveland Guardians have demonstrated a solid performance by converting 70.4% of balls hit into play into outs over the course of 8,238 innings, ranking 6th in professional baseball. They have achieved 2,746 putouts, 925 assists, and committed 48 errors, resulting in a fielding percentage of .987, which ranks 10th in MLB. The team has executed 70 double plays so far this year.

Guardians Stats and Insights

GUARDIANS PROBABLE PITCHER – Xzavion Curry

  • The Guardians will look to Curry (3-0) in his third start of the season.
  • His most recent appearance came in relief on Wednesday when the right-hander tossed one inning against the Kansas City Royals, surrendering one earned run while giving up two hits.
  • Opposing hitters have compiled a batting average of .237 against him this season. He has a 2.98 ERA and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings over his 26 appearances.
  • The opposing White Sox offense has the 24th-ranked slugging percentage (.389) and ranks 18th in MLB play with 115 home runs. It has a collective .238 batting average and is 19th in MLB with 848 total hits and 23rd in MLB action scoring 436 runs.
  • Curry has pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on five hits while striking out five against the White Sox this season.

GUARDIANS HITTING TRENDS

  • The Guardians still rank last in Major League Baseball with just 79 home runs as a team.
  • Hitters for Cleveland have combined for a team rank of 25th in the majors with a .387 team slugging percentage.
  • The Guardians’ .253 batting average ranks 13th in the league this season.
  • Cleveland has scored 434 runs (4.2 per game) this season, which ranks 24th in MLB.
  • The Guardians have an OBP of .316 this season, which ranks 20th in MLB.
  • Cleveland has the fewest strikeouts in MLB, whiffing only 6.9 times per game on average.

White Sox Notes

With the White Sox struggling this year, it is likely that Chicago will be active leading up to the trade deadline. Offensively, the team’s performance has been subpar, ranking 20th, 29th, and 24th in the majors with a slash line of .238/.295/.389. Even at home this season, their batting stats are not much better, sitting at .243/.297/.392. In the month of July, their numbers are slightly improved but still not impressive at .241/.291/.364.

As for the pitching, the White Sox are expected to start right-hander Touki Touissant, who has had a challenging season with a record of 0-3 and a 4.06 ERA. In his last outing against the Cubs, he pitched one shutout inning. Over his last five games, including three starts, Touissant’s record is 0-2 with a 4.29 ERA. However, when playing at home this season, he has shown better form with a record of 0-1 and a solid 1.80 ERA in three games, one of which he started.

White Sox Stats and Insights

WHITE SOX PROBABLE PITCHER – Touki Touissant

  • Toussaint makes the start for the White Sox, his fifth of the season. He is 0-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings pitched.
  • The righty last appeared in relief on Thursday, when he tossed one scoreless inning against the Chicago Cubs without surrendering a hit.
  • In eight games this season, the 27-year-old has put up a 4.06 ERA and 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings, while allowing a batting average of .184 to his opponents.
  • Toussaint has put together three starts this season where he pitched five or more innings.
  • He has had two appearances this season where he held his opponents to zero earned runs.

WHITE SOX HITTING TRENDS

  • The White Sox rank 18th in MLB action with 115 total home runs.
  • This season, Chicago is 24th in the majors with a .389 slugging percentage.
  • The White Sox are 20th in the majors with a .238 batting average.
  • Chicago scores the 23rd-most runs in baseball (436 total, 4.2 per game).
  • The White Sox rank 29th in baseball with a .295 on-base percentage.

Final Thoughts/Pick

The White Sox last night seem to have given up hope after their loss on Wednesday to the Cubs after having a 5-run lead, and it’s likely that more experienced players might be traded before the weekend is over. Meanwhile, Cleveland is facing challenges in their rotation with key players like Triston McKenzie, Shane Bieber, and Cal Quantrill unavailable at the moment.

Despite the setbacks, the Guardians are still within reach of the AL Central lead, benefiting from the division’s relatively weaker competition. If they can catch a hot streak, they have a good chance to make a push. Additionally, playing against a team that seems to have lost motivation works in Cleveland’s favor. Therefore, I’d go with Cleveland for this contest.

Our Pick: Take Guardians and the Money Line

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