A pair of AL Central rivals take the diamond in the Windy City to open up a series. The Cleveland Indians are on the road as they open up a four-game series with the Chicago White Sox Monday night. Cleveland played the finale of a three-game set against the Tigers at home Sunday afternoon going for a sweep after rolling to an 11-3 victory Saturday. Chicago was rained out Saturday in what was supposed to be the middle game of their set with the Royals at home. The White Sox picked up a 6-0 win on Friday in the series opener. In the season series last year, the Indians took eight of the 10 meetings, including the last six. That includes a four-game sweep at home in the most recent series from September 21-24, 2020.
Cleveland Indians Look to Keep RollingCleveland won their third straight and fourth in the last five games as they walloped Detroit Saturday, setting themselves up for a potential sweep of the series Sunday. The Indians entered Sunday second in the AL Central, half a game behind the Twins for the top spot. Cleveland got three hits from Cesar Hernandez (run, RBI) and two from Jordan Luplow (run, five RBI) in the victory. Hernandez (his first), Roberto Perez (his second), Franmil Reyes (his fourth), Luplow (his second) and Andres Gimenez (his first) each went deep in the victory. That was more than enough for Aaron Civale (2-0) to earn the win. He threw 7.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Triston McKenzie is expected to take the mound for his second appearance and first start of the season for the Indians in this contest. He comes in with no record, a 2.45 ERA, a 1.636 WHIP, four walks and five strikeouts on the season. McKenzie didn’t factor in the decision in his season debut, which came in relief against the Royals at home last Monday. He threw 3.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts in a 3-0 Indians defeat. McKenzie didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career appearance against the White Sox, which came at home on September 23, 2020. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with no walks and three strikeouts in a game the Indians went on to win 3-2. In his 10th major league appearance and seventh career major league start, McKenzie pitches at Guaranteed Rate Field for the first time.
Chicago White Sox Hoping to Get Things GoingChicago was rained out Saturday so they entered Sunday’s finale with three wins in their previous four games after winning Friday. The White Sox went into Sunday’s game third in the AL Central, one game behind the Twins for the top spot in the division. In Friday’s game, Chicago got three hits from Danny Mendick along with two each from Adam Eaton (two RBI) and Yermin Mercedes (run, RBI) in the game. Mercedes (his second) and Yoan Moncada (his first) each homered in the contest. The offensive support was more than enough for Lance Lynn (1-0) on the mound. He threw a complete game shutout, the first in the majors this season, as he allowed five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts in the victory.
A homecoming for the ages. pic.twitter.com/yjeO4SUnVx— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 10, 2021
Carlos Rodon is on the mound for his second start of the year for the White Sox in this contest looking to build off his season debut. He comes in 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, three walks and nine strikeouts on the year. Rodon earned the win in his season debut, which came last Monday on the road against the Mariners. He threw five innings, allowing no runs on two hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in a game the White Sox won by a 6-0 score. Rodon makes his 18th career appearance and 16th start against the Indians in this contest. He is 5-5 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.173 WHIP, 33 walks and 92 strikeouts over 98 innings of action. Rodon is 15-15 with a 4.36 ERA, a 1.415 WHIP, 110 walks and 255 strikeouts over 253.2 innings of work in 47 career appearances, 45 starts, at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The top trends for this contest are:
- Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 overall
- Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass
- Indians are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League Central teams
- White Sox are 2-14 in their last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter
- White Sox are 1-5 in Rodon's last 6 home starts
- White Sox are 1-5 in Rodon's last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams have had some positive momentum heading into Sunday with Cleveland winning three straight and four of five while the White Sox had won three of four. The Indians are getting some pop out of their bats as evidenced by their five-homer contest Saturday as they battered the Tigers. Rodon was sharp in his season debut but he has to show that can carry over in this contest. The White Sox have been up and down with their bats while McKenzie makes his first start of the year as it’s the first time Cleveland needed a fifth starter this year. With the Tribe’s bats starting to heat up, give them a slim edge in this contest.
Full-Game Total Pick
Cleveland has been an under machine in the first week-plus of the season as five of their seven games have come in under the mark. The Indians are actually 12th in the majors with an average of 4.57 runs per contest while they are second in the majors by allowing 2.86 runs per game. That gives them an average total of 7.43 runs a night this season. Chicago has split their eight games in regards to the total this season entering Sunday. The White Sox stand tied for fourth by averaging six runs per game while they are 17th by allowing 4.50 runs a night. That gives the White Sox an average total of 10.50 runs per contest. Look for the pitchers to do the job and keep this one short of the total.