With only three games remaining, the reeling White Sox travel to Cleveland to finish the regular season trailing the Tigers by three games in the American League Central.
While the first-place Tigers have played well as the season nears completion -- wining six of their past seven -- the White Sox have stumbled, losing 10 of their past 12 games. A big reason for Chicago's struggles has been a lack of execution with runners in scoring position -- the team is hitting only .133 in such situations in its past 13 games.
On Monday, the White Sox will turn to rookie Hector Santiago in another must-win game. The left-hander just faced the Indians on Wednesday, lasting only 3 1/3 innings while giving up three runs and walking four.
Santiago, 24, has split time between the rotation and bullpen this season, but he wants to get the call as a starter next year.
"I'm getting experience in the big leagues as a starter and trying to build myself up and learn how to pitch and get early outs," Santiago said. "That's what we are building up for now to possibly be in next year."
Santiago will get a stiff challenge Monday against an Indians offense that is playing well of late. Cleveland has posted double-digit hit totals in nine of its past 10 games and is batting .325 and averaging 6.8 runs per game during that span.
White Sox: Filthy stuff
White Sox pitchers have struck out 1,213 batters this year, seven shy of matching the single-season franchise mark of 1,220 set in 2011.
A.J. Pierzynski needs one RBI to match his career high of 77, which he set in 2004.
Indians: Kluber on the mound
Right-hander Corey Kluber will make his second straight start against the White Sox on Monday after holding them to two runs on four hits over seven innings on Tuesday. Kluber is 0-3 with a 5.17 ERA in six home starts.
The Indians have won consecutive series for the first since June 28-July 4.
Cleveland has won five consecutive series finales for the first time since May 15-30, 2007 -- it did beat Seattle during that time frame, but it was a makeup game.
The White Sox lead the Indians in the season series, 9-6.
Chicago's Alex Rios is hitting .529 in his past five games.
Adam Dunn's next homer will be the 407th of his career, tying him with Duke Snider for 48th all-time.