Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Indians 5-28-2018




Chicago White Sox (15-33) vs Cleveland Indians (24-25)

Date : 05/28/2018
Time : 4:10 pm EST
Location : Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

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Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Indians

Game 1 of a 3-game set between the visiting Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians will take place on Monday afternoon at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, at 4:10 pm EST.  The White Sox are currently in last place in the AL Central while the Indians are in 1st place.  This will be the 1st matchup of the year amongst these two teams, however, the Indians have won 7 of the last 13 meetings with Cleveland taking 5 of the last 9 at Progressive Field.

Chicago White Sox's Latest Performance :

The Chicago White Sox have had a rough go of it lately, losing 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1.  Recently, the White Sox lost a 2-game home set to the Pittsburgh Pirates on 5-9-2018, yet, returning to form in winning a 4-game home set versus the Texas Rangers on 5-20-2018.  They would follow this up by tying a 4-game home set versus the Baltimore Orioles on 5-24-2018.  The White Sox, however, would lose game 1 of a 3-game set to the Detroit Tigers on 5-25-2018 by a score of 5-4.

For the season, the White Sox are averaging 3.94 runs per game (27th) with a team batting average of .246 (14th), 55 homers (16th), along with 43 stolen bases (1st).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 5.09 (25th) with 356 strikeouts (30th) along with 20 quality starts this season (18th).

Tim Anderson (.240 BA on 171 AB), Yoan Moncada (.255 BA on 167 Ab), Yolmer Sanchez (.280 BA on 175 AB), and Jose Abreu (.305 BA on 187 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the White Sox this season.  Nicky Delmonico (.231 BA on 104 AB) and Matt Davidson (.243 BA on 140 AB) have also been solid at the plate this season.

Reynaldo Lopez (1-3, 61.1 IP, 24 R, 45 H, 7 HR, 26 BB, 42 SO, 2.93 ERA) and James Shields (1-4, 62.1 IP, 32 R, 52 H, 4 HR, 27 BB, 41 SO, 4.62 ERA) have pitched the most innings this year for the White Sox.

Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :

The Cleveland Indians come into this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  Recently, the Indians would lose a 3-game road set to the Detroit Tigers on 5-16-2018.  They would follow this up by losing a 3-game road set to the Houston Astros on 5-20-2018.  They would, however, sweep a 2-game road set versus the Chicago Cubs on 5-23-2018, however, would lose the first 2 games of a 4-game home set to the Houston Astros.

For the season, the Indians are averaging 4.67 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .247 (13th), 68 homers (3rd) along with 27 stolen bases (12th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.13 (16th) with 423 strikeouts (17th), along with 34 quality starts, good for 2nd in the MLB.

Jose Ramirez (.294 BA on 187 AB) and Francisco Lindor (.299 BA on 204 AB) have spearheaded the Indians offensive attack this season.  Yonder Alonso (.228 BA on 158 AB) and Edwin Encarnacion (.210 BA on 167 AB) have struggled a bit, yet, continue to be offensive leaders for the Indians.  Jason Kipnis (.178 BA on 185 AB) has also struggled thus far in the young season.

The Indians also possesses a host of solid pitchers such as Corey Kluber (7-2, 78.2 IP, 21 R, 58 H, 11 HR, 10 BB, 78 SO, 2.17 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (4-3, 65 IP, 20 R, 52 H, 3 HR, 23 BB, 73 SO, 2.35 ERA) have been the most consistent thus far.  Mike Clevenger (3-2, 65 IP, 24 R, 58 H, 4 HR, 21 BB, 54 SO, 3.32 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (5-3, 66.2 IP, 28 R, 57 H, 8 HR, 14 BB, 63 SO, 3.64 ERA) have been very solid in their own right thus far in the season and are bright spots for Cleveland’s pitching staff.

How Chicago White Sox & Cleveland Indians Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Indians are 20-29 ATS while the O/U is 26-22-1.  On the other hand, the White Sox are 27-21 ATS while the O/U is 22-23-3.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Both these teams come in losing their last 2 games.  On the other hand, the White Sox are losers of 6 of their last 11 while the Indians are losers of 6 of their last 10.  In Cleveland’s last 4 losses, they averaged 1.5 runs per loss while in the White Sox last 4 losses, they averaged 3.5 runs per.  While the pitcher for the Indians is yet to be determined, Dylan Covey (1-1) will take the hill for the White Sox in game 1 and will be looking to get his 2nd win in a row after pitching 7 innings while allowing 1 run on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 8 strikeouts in an 11-1 home win versus Baltimore on 5-23-2018.

Totals Selection: Under

My reason for the prediction :

Both teams, as stated, are going through some offensive troubles at this point in the season.  It is for this reason that I expect there to not be many runs scored on Monday night.  Combine this with the fact that the Under has been 8-3-1 in the White Sox last 12 games along with being the play in 4 of the last 8 for the Indians, I happen to think that the under would certainly be a logical selection in this instance.

Betting trends for Chicago White Sox:

  • Betting Trends for Chicago White Sox

    • The White Sox are 1-5 in last 6 road games
    • The White Sox are 7-4 in last 11 games
    • The Under is 8-3-1 in White Sox last 12 games

Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:

  • Betting Trends for Cleveland Indians

    • The Indians are 7-5 in last 12 games
    • The Under is 7-5 in Indians last 12 games
    • Over is 12-1 in Indians last 13 home games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.