Cleveland Guardians vs. Cole Ragans (5.40 ERA), Texas Rangers
The Guardians have all but locked up the AL Central after sweeping the Chicago White Sox this week, and they look the part of a solid team that can do just about everything well. Jose Ramirez has once again been the rock that has led his team to the postseason, and everyone who faded the Guardians to start the year are now ripping up their tickets. They can probably thank the incompetent management of the White Sox for that one. Cleveland shouldn't have much trouble offensively Sunday against Cole Ragans and the Rangers.
In his last start, Ragans allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Angels. This was Ragans' fourth straight no-decision, and it was also his longest of three starts since returning from an injury. He lowered his season ERA to 5.40 with a 1.57 WHIP and 22:14 K-to-BB, and he avoided issuing a walk for the first time in seven outings.
Texas Rangers vs. Aaron Civale (5.29 ERA), Cleveland Guardians
Welp, let's take a look at the other side of this same game, shall we? The Guardians are good, and the Rangers aren't that good, but Texas has a team that can put up some runs. Corey Seager is always a threat to go deep in any ballgame, while Nate Lowe and Adolis Garcia have also been great this year for Texas. They can do some damage, and this should be a higher scoring matchup between Ragans on one side and Aaron Civale on the other side of the mound.
In his last start, Civale allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two over five-plus innings in a no-decision versus the White Sox. He missed over three weeks with an injury, but he was able to throw 69 pitches (40 strikes) in his return. He's had few solid starts in 2022 with a 5.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 77:21 K-to-BB through 80 innings across 17 starts.
Chicago White Sox vs. Tyler Alexander (4.91 ERA), Detroit Tigers
The White Sox are officially 2022's most disappointing baseball team after getting swept at home by the Cleveland Guardians in a must win series for a chance at the division crown. It's been an embarrassment so far on the Southside, and the fans have had enough. Tony La Russa is almost certainly gone, which is a massive improvement for the team, but they have far more problems to contend with. Luckily for them, they get to face the Detroit Tigers and Tyler Alexander on Sunday to help them out.
In his last game, Alexander tossed seven scoreless innings to earn the win against the Orioles. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four. He had allowed 10 earned runs across 9.1 innings in his last two starts, so this effort was a bit unexpected for him. Alexander now has a 4.91 ERA across 84.1 innings this season.