Gamethread: Cleveland at White Sox

So Majestic: This view is worth the trek to the 500 level. Man, I’m going to miss this place. (Clinton Cole / South Side Hit Pen)

Can we talk a little more about last night’s spectacular seventh inning alley-oop play between Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson? Because that’s maybe one of the few noteworthy things from last night’s game, where the Cleveland [REDACTED]s certainly did not have a wayward early-inning slugfest, resulting in an 11-0 loss for the Chicago White Sox. 

Nope, that didn’t happen.

That play certainly did, though.

Just for the heck of it, with bonus Jimmy Biceps, let’s watch it again. 

In the spirit of being a reluctant optimist, I must remind you, in your best interest and mine, that there is, in fact, another game today. Pitching for Cleveland is Shane Bieber (15-7, 3.23 ERA). At 252 strikeouts, he’s third in the American League in this category. He’s also third in the American League in WHIP at 1.030. The Biebs has had a solid September: he’s won 3 out of his last 4 decisions, striking out 28 and only walking 3. 

Pitching for the White Sox is Ross Detwiler (2-5, 6.98 ERA). In 10 starts, Big Boss Ross carries a 6.17 ERA. His last start against Cleveland was … not great. In 2.2 innings, he gave up four runs on four hits, four of them earned, walking six.

Here are the lineups:

Some fun things to note: the 2019 season may be winding down for the Good Guys, but Tim Anderson, as of last night with 503 plate appearances, officially qualifies for the American League Batting Title. (502 plate appearances are required, in a 162 game season.) 

Timmy actually leads all of baseball in average right now, at .334.

Leading the National League at .329 is none other than My Other Fave, Christian Yelich. Excuse me while I go off to cry for a little while.

José Abreu also still leads the American League in RBI, so we have that going for us, which is nice. At 121, he’s three behind Anthony Rendon to lead all of baseball.

You can catch tonight’s 7:10 CST matchup on NBC Sports Chicago; if radio’s more your thing, tune into WGN 720. 

Gamethread: White Sox at Braves

Interleague interstellar: In case you were wondering, Iván Nova’s career slash line is .041/.041./.041 (@WhiteSox)

Prepare for a trip through the Interleague Cosmos: it’s Super Nova day, my friends. 

In the opener of this three-game set, the Chicago White Sox head to an area of the galaxy they haven’t visited since 2016: Atlanta. With their 81-54 record, the Braves sit atop the NL East. What’s even more out of this world is that the Braves are 14-6 in their last 20 games, blasting off towards yet another postseason. 

While the Braves seem as insurmountable as the Sun inevitably turning into a red giant and swallowing the Earth whole, remember that Iván Nova is rocketeering for the Good Guys today. Nova started August with a 3-1 record and a 1.09 ERA, allowing only four earned runs over 33 innings. Nova especially pitches well against National League teams; in his last five games vs. Atlanta, he’s 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 27 innings pitched. Against National League teams in 2019, he’s 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA in 24 innings.

On the hill for the Braves is the lefty, Max Fried. He’s 14-4 with a 4.03 ERA. Fried is a slight ground ball pitcher, but has been known to pile on strikeouts every now and then. In his last five starts, he has 31 punch outs in 27 innings pitched; he struck out 10 batters in an August 7 matchup against the Minnesota Twins. 

And now, the lineups:

Brian Snitker’s lineup is below:

Now that you’re thinking about the Sun expanding to the point where it either engulfs the Earth or just boils the oceans ceasing all life as we know it either way, view today’s televised 6:20 CST game on NBC Sports Chicago. For the radio broadcast, set your phasers to WGN 720.

I mean, we have five billion years, right?