Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

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The streaking Chicago White Sox will go for their fifth consecutive win as they play host to the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field. The game gets underway 8:10 p.m. ET and WGN is in line to broadcast the matchup.

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Chicago (+155) as the underdog to Cleveland (-165). The total sits at 8.5 runs and bettors can take the over for -115 and the under for -105. Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at Indians -1.5 runs (-115) and White Sox +1.5 runs (-105).

The White Sox are 27-29 straight up (SU) and 24-31 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 3.8 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 8.6 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven. The Indians are 28-28 SU and have gone 25-30 ATS. In total, the club has lost 6.9 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 5.5 units ATS. Cleveland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 26-28-1 so far in 2019. Indians games have gone under 31 times, gone over 23 times and pushed on one occasion.

The right-handed Trevor Bauer will get the nod for the visiting Indians. Bauer is 4-4 with a 3.99 ERA and 88 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with seven strikeouts and a 12.60 ERA against Chicago this year.

The White Sox are turning to righty Dylan Covey (0-4, 5.47 ERA), who’s got 13 strikeouts and 18 walks, along with a 1.41 WHIP. Covey has yet to face the Indians this year, but he made six starts against them in 2018, putting together a 1-2 record with a 4.06 ERA and 25 strikeouts.

Chicago’s pitchers have given up 5.2 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. The club’s starters have an ERA of 5.75, a WHIP of 1.51 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.1. The bullpen has a 3.98 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 26 games against AL Central opponents, White Sox starters have an ERA of 4.63 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.46.

The Chicago hitters have put up 4.3 runs per outing, including 4.6 per game against divisional foes and 4.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .299/.350/.427 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada have paced the White Sox hitters this year. Anderson is slashing .335/.369/.503 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs, 29 runs and 13 stolen bases, while Moncada is hitting .280 with 10 homers, 35 RBIs, 34 runs and five stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.47 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 10.03 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.30, along with a K-per-9 of 9.03.

The Indians offense has slashed .226/.317/.369 on its way to 4.1 runs scored per game this season, including 3.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

First baseman Carlos Santana and third baseman Jose Ramirez continue to lead Cleveland’s offense. Santana is slashing .284/.409/.505 with 10 home runs, 36 RBIs and 33 runs scored, while Ramirez (.211/.314/.319) is up to four homers, 17 RBIs, 20 runs and 14 stolen bases.

The Indians have lost 6.7 units and are 18-22 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 16 of those games, compared to 23 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the White Sox have netted 2.1 units and are 16-25 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 20 of those games, compared to 20 that went under the total.

Indians vs. White Sox MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • Cleveland has tallied 20 extra-base hits over its last five games. Chicago has 13 XBH over its last five.
  • The Indians have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The White Sox have hit 11 over their last 10.
  • The Indians have a team OPS of .686 this season and an OPS of .692 against right-handed pitchers. The White Sox’ OPS sits at .720 overall and .720 against righties.
  • Cleveland has posted 19.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 26.2 over its last five.