If the fourth-place Indians are going to threaten in the American League Central this season, they're going to need better play from shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
The same goes for the last-place White Sox and designated hitter Adam Dunn.
Those two struggling players once again look to snap out of their season-long slumps on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field, where the Indians and White Sox continue a three-game series.
Cabrera is hitting .156 with only four extra-base hits, though he enters Tuesday with a modest four-game hitting streak and delivered a game-winning, two-run single in the eighth inning Monday night. Cabrera batted in the three-hole Monday after sitting out Sunday because of a left wrist contusion. Despite Cabrera's funk, Indians manager Terry Francona said he isn't concerned about the two-time All-Star.
"He has got off to a slow start. But with good players that have track records, you watch, he'll get just as hot as he got cold," Francona said. "That's why we're hitting him third and we're going to enjoy it."
Like Cabrera, Dunn has struggled out of the gates, hitting only .101 (7-for-69) on the season with 27 strikeouts and just three walks.
He has hit three homers, including one Sunday, but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Monday and stranded three runners.
"The last couple of days I feel like I've really been swinging at pitches that I wouldn't and fouling balls off," Dunn said. "That's what kind of gets me. I do feel good and the last couple days have been, probably if I don't feel as good as I feel, I don't swing at those pitches, if that makes sense.
"If I feel like this, we'll be fine."
Dunn said he's spent the past few days working on two minor mechanical things with his swing that he's hoping will help turn him around.
"I feel good, like I can still do some damage," Dunn said. "There are some times that you don't feel like you can. You are trying to get walked or get drilled or something. Today could be really good and here we go."
Indians: McAllister on mound
• Right-hander Zach McAllister takes the mound for the Indians on Tuesday looking to extend his streak of holding opponents to three earned runs or fewer to four straight games. He is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four career starts against the White Sox.
• Cleveland's bullpen has logged 16 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to Thursday's eighth inning against Boston.
• Francona, who turned 54 on Monday, is 6-5 on his birthday, including winning five of his last six.
White Sox: Quintana looks to continue scoreless streak
• Left-hander Jose Quintana enters Tuesday's start against Cleveland with a 13 2/3 consecutive scoreless-inning streak, spanning his past two starts. The lefty also has struck out 14 batters in his past two outings.
Quintana last faced the Indians on April 12, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball and striking out seven in a no-decision.
• Right fielder Alex Rios is one triple shy of 50 for his career and two homers away from 150.
• The White Sox are hitting .161 during their four-game losing streak.
• White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza is a .347 career hitter with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 34 games against Cleveland.