Game of the Night

Tuesday’s Game of the Night takes place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Chicago White Sox’s (71-60) look to take game two of the three game series from the Cleveland Indians (53-78). The White Sox are about to get a huge upgrade in their line up when Manny Ramirez (.311/8/40 in 66 games) could make his Sox’s debut tonight. Ramirez will be a welcome addition to the South Side’s line up looking for another consistent hitter behind the resurgent Paul Konerko (one of several former Dodgers players on the White Sox roster). Konerko’s been raking this season batting .320 with 32 home runs and 95 RBIs, Alex Rio’s has bounced back from an awful 2009 batting .295 with 19 home runs and 78 RBIs but an often injured Carlos Quentin(.238/24/80 in 112 games) and an underachieving Gordon Beckham (.257/9/47) have left major holes in Chi-towns lineup. Everyone remembers when Manny was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 the effect he not only had on the line up (batting .398 after the trade) but on the city of L.A. as well. For the first time in a long time baseball was back in the hearts of Hollywood. Now that’s not to say Manny is going to have the same effect he did back in 2008 but any starter that has to look down the line up and see Rios, Konerko, Ramirez, Quentin knows he’s in for a rough night and that pitcher can’t make a mistake or that ball will be 400 feet away.  Former Dodger Edwin Jackson (8-10,4.44 ERA in 2010) is on the mound for the White Sox’s, Jackson is 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA since coming back to the AL. The right hander has struck out 34 in 28 innings and not allowing more than one earned run in any of his four starts. The Indians do not have much going on this season other then Korea’s Shin Soo Choo (.291/15/63). If it were not for the 28 year old do-it-all player one has to wonder where the Indians would be this year. Soo Choo leads Cleveland in Batting average, Home Runs, RBIs, On-Base percentage, and Hits.

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