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The Chicago White Sox will head east to Progressive Field to take on their divisional foe Cleveland Indians. SportsTime Ohio will be televising the matchup and the game will get going at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians Odds

Vegas has listed Chicago (+200) as the underdog to Cleveland (-220). Gamblers can bet on the game’s total with odds listed at -105 for over 8 runs and -115 for under 8. Runline odds stand at -110 for taking the White Sox +1.5 runs and -110 for the Indians -1.5.

The Indians are 83-66 straight up (SU) and 70-79 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 22.9 units for moneyline bettors and 19.5 units (ATS). Cleveland has covered the spread only twice in its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 59-90 SU and have gone 77-72 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 14.3 units for moneyline bettors and 0.8 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

Cleveland games have a 72-69-8 over/under record in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 70-72-7.

Carlos Rodon will get the start for the visiting White Sox. The southpaw Rodon (6-5, 3.10 ERA) has racked up 84 strikeouts in 110.1 innings so far. He’s 0-1 with 14 strikeouts and a 2.79 ERA against Cleveland this year (three starts).

The Indians are putting the ball in the right hand of Corey Kluber (18-7, 2.91 ERA), who’s got 194 punchouts and 29 walks this season as well as a 0.97 WHIP. Kluber is 2-0 with 17 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA over two starts against Chicago this year.

Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 4.96 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 6.83 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.44, along with a WHIP of 1.39.

White Sox hitters have slashed .243/.305/.407 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Chicago’s offense has been sparked by third baseman Yolmer Sanchez and first baseman Jose Abreu. Sanchez is hitting .247/.315/.380 with eight home runs, 51 RBIs, 56 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Abreu (.265/.325/.473) is up to 22 homers, 78 RBIs and 68 runs scored.

For the home team, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.44, a WHIP of 1.15 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.6. The bullpen has a 4.60 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.2 K/9. In 66 games against AL Central foes, Indians starters have an ERA of 2.68 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.26.

The Cleveland offense has put up 5.0 runs per outing, including 5.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .241/.321/.424 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Indians’ offense has been led by shortstop Francisco Lindor and left fielder Michael Brantley. Lindor is hitting .282/.355/.525 with 35 home runs, 86 RBIs, 120 runs and 23 steals, and Brantley’s line is .307/.363/.472 with 16 homers, 73 RBIs and 82 runs.

The White Sox have lost 8.9 units and are 57-54 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 54 of those games, compared to 51 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Indians have lost 9.6 units and are 17-22 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 18 of those games, compared to 18 which went under the total.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has cashed in three of Cleveland’s last seven games.
  • Chicago has recorded 17.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 19.0 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.