Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Free Preview

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The Chicago White Sox are playing host to the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET and SportsTime Ohio is in line to broadcast the action

Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox Odds

Chicago (+155) is coming into this one as the underdog to Cleveland (-165) and Vegas has the Over/Under for this game at 10 runs. Odds for betting on the games total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the current odds sitting at Indians -1.5 runs (-115) and White Sox +1.5 runs (-105)

The White Sox are 22-42 SU and 33-30 ATS. The teams lost 12.0 units for moneyline bettors and 1.8 units against the spread (ATS). On the other hand, the Indians have gone 35-29 SU this year and are 28-35 ATS. In total, the teams lost 7.2 units for moneyline bettors and 11.0 units ATS

Chicago games have had an over/under record of 26-32-5 thus far in 2018. Cleveland has been a decent over bet with a total record of 34-27-2

Right-hander Adam Plutko is projected to start for the visiting Indians. Plutko is 3-0 with a 3.93 ERA and 12 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with two strikeouts and a 9.00 ERA against Chicago this year

The White Sox are sending righty James Shields (1-7, 4.92 ERA) to the mound. Shields has 57 punchouts and 33 walks to his name, as well as a 1.29 WHIP. Shields hasn’t faced the Indians yet this year, but he made two starts against them in 2017, posting a 0-1 record with a 3.86 ERA and 11 strikeouts

Chicago’s pitching staff has yielded 5.1 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 5.35 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.89 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 9.2 K/9. In 26 games against AL Central foes, White Sox starters have an ERA of 5.08 and the bullpens ERA is 3.38

Chicago’s offense is putting up 3.8 runs per outing, including 4.2 per game against divisional foes and 2.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .177/.240/.241 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span

Jose Abreu has helped lead the White Sox offense this year with 10 home runs, 38 RBIs and 34 runs scored

In the visiting dugout, Cleveland’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 3.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.93 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.72, along with a K/9 of 9.05

The Indians offense has slashed .252/.322/.440 on its way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU)

Francisco Lindor has led Cleveland’s offense. Lindor is hitting .287/.360/.525 with 14 home runs, 35 RBIs, 48 runs and eight stolen bases

The Indians just took the previous game in the series by a final score of four runs to zero

Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has hit in only two of Cleveland’s last seven games
  • The Indians have hit 13 home runs in their last 10 games. The White Sox have hit four over their last 10
  • Chicago has recorded 16.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 13.2 over its last five
  • The Indians have won five of their last six games SU.