Cleveland Indians (33-28) vs Chicago White Sox (21-40)Date : 06/11/2018
Time : 8:10 pm EST
Location : Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
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Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox
Game 1 of a 4-game set between the visiting Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox will take place on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago Illinois at 8:10 pm. The Indians have won 8 of their last 11 games and occupy the 1st place slot within the AL Central division. The White Sox have won 3 of their last 5, yet, due to inconsistencies both offensively and at the mound, they remain in last place within the division. This will only be the 2nd matchup of the year amongst these two squads, however, the Indians got the sweep earlier in the season at Progressive Field in a 3-game set.
Cleveland Indians's Latest Performance :
The Cleveland Indians come into this matchup winners of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, the Indians would lose a 4-game road set to the Minnesota Twins on 6-3-2018 while regaining their form in a short, 2-game home series versus the Milwaukee Brewers on 6-6-2018. The Indians would obtain even more momentum in game 1 of their current 3-game road set versus the Detroit Tigers as they picked up the 4-1 win on 6-8-2018.
For the season, the Indians are averaging 5.02 runs per game (4th) with a team batting average of .255 (12th), 85 homers (3rd) along with 31 stolen bases (12th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.28 (21st) with 509 strikeouts (11th), along with 32 quality starts, good for 2nd in the MLB.
Jose Ramirez (.301 BA on 219 AB) and Francisco Lindor (.309 BA on 236 AB) have spearheaded the Indians offensive attack this season. Yonder Alonso (.243 BA on 189 AB) and Edwin Encarnacion (.241 BA on 199 AB) have struggled a bit, yet, continue to be offensive leaders for the Indians. Jason Kipnis (.196 BA on 219 AB) has also struggled thus far in the young season.
The Indians also possesses a host of solid pitchers such as Corey Kluber (8-2, 84.2 IP, 21 R, 61 H, 11 HR, 10 BB, 88 SO, 2.02 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (4-4, 78 IP, 31 R, 63 H, 5 HR, 28 BB, 97 SO, 2.77 ERA) have been the most consistent thus far. Mike Clevenger (4-2, 72.1 IP, 25 R, 62 H, 4 HR, 23 BB, 61 SO, 3.14 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 76 IP, 39 R, 71 H, 11 HR, 19 BB, 73 SO, 4.50 ERA) have been very solid in their own right thus far in the season and are bright spots for Cleveland’s pitching staff.
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 1-4. Recently, the White Sox would be swept in a 3-game road set versus the Indians on 5-30-2018. The White Sox would, however, redeem themselves by taking out a hot Brewers team at home on 6-3-2018 in a 3-game set. They would tie the Minnesota Twins in a 4-game road set in the following series while also getting the huge 1-0 road win at Fenway Park over the Red Sox on 6-8-2018.
For the season, the White Sox are averaging 3.98 runs per game (27th) with a team batting average of .245 (16th), 66 homers (15th), along with 50 stolen bases (1st). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.99 (26th) with 405 strikeouts (30th) along with 22 quality starts this season (20th).
Tim Anderson (.239 BA on 201 AB), Yoan Moncada (.243 BA on 189 Ab), Yolmer Sanchez (.279 BA on 208 AB), and Jose Abreu (.300 BA on 217 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the White Sox this season. Nicky Delmonico (.224 BA on 116 AB) and Matt Davidson (.243 BA on 140 AB) have also been solid at the plate this season.
Reynaldo Lopez (1-4, 64 IP, 31 R, 53 H, 7 HR, 27 BB, 44 SO, 2.80 ERA) and James Shields (1-6, 76.1 IP, 38 R, 65 H, 7 HR, 31 BB, 51 SO, 4.48 ERA) have pitched the most innings this year for the White Sox.
How Cleveland Indians & Chicago White Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Indians are 27-34 ATS while the O/U is 33-26-2. On the other hand, the White Sox are 34-27 ATS while the O/U is 26-30-5.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Indians have played very well lately and look to continue this type of play against a team which they have dominated in recent outings. The pitchers for both squads have not been announced, however, the pitching staff for Cleveland continues to be solid, yet, in recent outings, they have allowed 4.5 runs per game in the Indians’ last 8 outings. On the other hand, the White Sox staff has surrendered an average of 5 runs per game in their last 10 contests. In all, it will be interesting to see how both pitching staffs adjust in order to prevent more instances of allowing simply too many runs.
Against The Spread Selection: Cleveland Indians
My reason for the pick :
The Indians have a lot to lose if they should happen to come out unfocused in this matchup on Monday. This game will not only provide them the opportunity to set the tone for the series, altogether, but, being that it is a division game to where first place will likely be on the line, particularly with the Cubs playing stellar baseball lately, the focus will certainly be there for Cleveland in which to get the victory. In all, expect the pitching staff for the Indians to redeem themselves for their often-lackluster play in recent outings over a White Sox squad whose offense that has struggled all season long.
Betting trends for Cleveland Indians:
- Betting Trends for Cleveland Indians
- The Indians are 8-3 in last 11 games
- The Over is 9-3-1 in Indians last 13 games
Betting trends for Chicago White Sox:
- Betting Trends for Chicago White Sox
- The White Sox are 4-7 in last 11 games
- The Under is 5-0-1 in White Sox last 6 games
- The Under is 6-3 in last 9 home games