Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians Matchup

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The Chicago White Sox are ready to take on their divisional rival Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. The matchup will begin at 1:10 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will be showing the game.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians Odds

Vegas has listed Cleveland (-290) as the favorite over Chicago (+245). Gamblers can wager on the games total with odds listed at -120 for over 8 runs and even money (+100) for under 8. Gamblers can also bet on the games runline with the current odds sitting at White Sox +1.5 runs (+120) and Indians -1.5 runs (-140).

The Indians are 28-25 SU and 23-29 ATS. They’ve lost 8.7 units for moneyline bettors and 9.7 units against the spread (ATS). The White Sox are 16-36 SU and have gone 27-24 ATS. In total, the teams lost 16.6 units for moneyline gamblers and 0.9 units ATS.

Cleveland games have a 29-22-1 over/under record so far in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 24-24-3.

The right-handed Reynaldo Lopez is the projected starter for the visiting White Sox. Lopez is 1-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Indians this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 1.50 ERA and two strikeouts over six innings).

The Indians are putting the ball in the hands of righty Corey Kluber (7-2, 2.17 ERA), who’s got 78 punchouts and 10 walks, as well as a 0.86 WHIP. Kluber made five starts against the White Sox in 2017, posting a perfect 3-0 record with a 2.70 ERA and 45 strikeouts.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 5.58 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 6.11 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.28, along with a WHIP of 1.47.

The White Sox offense has slashed .247/.313/.417 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.6 per game over the teams last five outings (1-4 SU).

Chicago’s offensive production been led by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is slashing .302/.362/.530 with nine home runs, 31 RBIs and 28 runs scored, while Sanchez (.280/.316/.415) has produced two homers, 23 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

For the home team, Cleveland’s pitching staff has allowed 4.5 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 3.46, a WHIP of 1.11 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.5. The bullpen has a 6.08 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 8.9 K/9. In 17 games against AL Central opponents, Indians starters have an ERA of 2.11 and the bullpens ERA is 3.64.

Cleveland’s hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 5.3 per game against divisional foes and 7.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .309/.356/.565 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor and left fielder Michael Brantley have led the Indians’ offense this year. Lindor is hitting .300/.375/.538 with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs, 41 runs and six steals, and Brantley’s line is .343/.380/.573 with nine homers, 36 RBIs and 28 runs.

Brantley appeared to enjoy facing righty pitching at home in 2017. Across 150 such plate appearances, he slashed .323/.400/.511 (compared to his total season line of .299/.358/.444).

The White Sox have lost 11.7 units and are 20-18 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 16 of those games, compared to 19 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 9.3 units and are 14-19 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 18 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Indians, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in four of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have lost five of their last six games SU.
  • Chicago has recorded 22.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.0 over its last five.
  • Each team has hit 14 home runs over its last 10 games.