MLB 2018 Game #5: Indians vs. White SoxOne of the ridiculous things that I do is the track the number of days since I've seen every Major League Baseball team play. Naturally, I see the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox on a regular basis. The Cubs are my team, the Brewers are my wife's team and the White Sox are local.
Tonight, I am traveling to Chicago's South Side to see a first-place team that I have not seen play for a while. The Cleveland Indians (35-30, .538) hold a five-game lead over the Minnesota Twins (29-34, .460) in the American League Central. The fourth-place White Sox (23-42, .354) currently sit 12 games off the pace.
As I mentioned earlier, I track how much time has passed since I've seen each team play. Earlier this season, I watched the Houston Astros throttle the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in late April. While not too much time has passed since I last saw the Indians play live, it was a significant day for me. On my list, I count regular season and postseason games (spring training games are irrelevant). The last time I saw the Indians play was during Game Three of the 2016 World Series. I was in attendance at the first World Series game played at Wrigley Field since the 1945 Fall Classic. The Indians beat the Cubs, 1-0, to take a two-games-to-one lead.
Tonight, 27-year-old Trevor Bauer (5-4, 2.62 ERA) will pitch for the Indians. The White Sox will counter with 26-year-old Dylan Covey (2-1, 2.22 ERA).