The Cleveland Indians are set to face their AL Central foe Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio will be televising the matchup.
Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox Odds
The White Sox are 79-76 against the spread (ATS)despite being only 61-95 straight up (SU). The team’s lost 14.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.8 units (ATS). The Indians are 88-68 SU and have gone 73-82 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 22.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 19.6 units ATS.
White Sox games have an over/under record of 72-75-8 in 2018. Indians games have gone over 74 times, gone under 72 times and pushed on nine instances.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer is getting the nod for the visiting Indians. Bauer is 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and 215 strikeouts. He’s 2-1 with 28 strikeouts and a 1.71 ERA against Chicago this year (three starts).
The White Sox are sending righty James Shields (7-16, 4.48 ERA) to the mound. Shields has 148 strikeouts and 74 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.30. Shields is 1-1 with seven strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA over three starts against Cleveland this year.
Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.42 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 9.64 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.48, along with a K/9 of 9.26.
The Indians offense has slashed .257/.333/.433 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).
Cleveland’s hitters have been led by shortstop Francisco Lindor and left fielder Michael Brantley, who have combined to swat 53 home runs. Lindor is hitting .281/.355/.524 with 36 home runs, 89 RBIs, 124 runs and 23 stolen bases, while Brantley (.309/.363/.471) has produced 17 homers, 75 RBIs and 86 runs scored.
For the home team, Chicago’s pitching staff has allowed 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The club’s starters have a 4.91 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.51 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. In 70 games against AL Central foes, White Sox starters have an ERA of 4.61 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.41.
The Chicago hitters are putting up 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game against divisional foes and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .256/.298/.361 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.
Third baseman Yolmer Sanchez and shortstop Tim Anderson have led the White Sox batters this year. Sanchez is hitting .244/.310/.375 with eight home runs, 52 RBIs, 58 runs and 14 steals, while Anderson’s line sits at .243/.284/.411 with 20 homers, 64 RBIs, 76 runs and 26 stolen bases.
The Indians have lost 12.5 units and are 55-59 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 55 of those games, compared to 54 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 9.9 units and are 58-57 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 54 of those games, compared to 54 that’ve cashed the under.
Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Free MLB Tip
Predictions: SU Winner – White Sox, ATS Winner – Indians, O/U – UNDER
- The under has cashed in three of Chicago’s last seven games.
- Chicago has posted 20.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 22.2 over its last five.
- The Indians have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The White Sox have hit 14 over their last 10.