The Indians will have a chance to go for the series win against the White Sox this afternoon after splitting the first two games with their division rivals. Cleveland sends Mike Clevinger (2-2, 5.01 ERA) to the bump to face Big Game James Shields as the Sox righty looks to end Chicago’s five-game losing streak in games he has pitched.
- The Indians are 11-3 in their last 14 games as favorite.
- The White Sox are 1-3 in their last 4 games on Thursday.
- The Indians are 4-0 OVER/UNDER in their last 4 games after a runline win.
Clevinger has been in and out of the rotation this season as the Indians have dealt with a ton of fluidity in their starting five. The Jacksonville native has performed much better as a reliever than as a starter this year, illustrated by opponents batting .190 against him when he comes out of the bullpen compared with their .246 average when he takes the starting bump.
Eek. I don’t think anyone would be relying on James Shields in any big games the way he’s been pitching lately. He’s given up an absolutely staggering 17 – yes, seventeen – home runs in his last seven starts. Shields has been godawful since being traded to the White Sox and has an ERA of 7.07 since the break.
The last time Shields faced the Indians, he gave up eight earned runs on seven hits and was pulled after just 1.2 innings. The total in this game is a little too high for me but if you can find a good price on the Indians’ runline, that might be the way to go.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Chicago White Sox as 138 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 9.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.5-4.2 win for the White Sox. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Chicago White Sox bring a 70-75 record to the battle against the 84-61 Indians. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Chicago vs Cleveland injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 14 (Chicago White Sox) and the No. 15 (Cleveland Indians) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has baseball’s No. 22-rated offensive output, at 8.79 hits per game. The Cleveland Indians average 9.09 hits per game, good for No. 6 on the list.
Comparing defensive stats, Cleveland owns the No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 4.07 runs per game on the highway. Chicago, on the other hand, rates No. 21 in scoring at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Indians grabbed a win last time out, defeating C Rodon and the White Sox 6-1 on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
- Cleveland is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
- Cleveland is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
- Cleveland is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
- Cleveland is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road
- Chi White Sox is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of Chi White Sox’s last 13 games
- Chi White Sox is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi White Sox’s last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Cleveland home to Detroit, Friday, September 16th
Chicago at Kansas City, Friday, September 16th