Cleveland Indians (5-3) vs. Chicago White Sox (4-5)
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox will square off in the second game of their four games set on Tuesday. This preview was written prior to the conclusion of Monday’s contest. Cleveland enters the series on a four-game winning streak, sweeping Detroit over the weekend when they defeated the Tigers on Sunday, 5-2. Chicago lost their last game, falling to Kansas City on Sunday, 4-3.
Cleveland is the favorite in this game at -115. The odds for Chicago are set at -105. Cleveland has won six straight games between these teams, including a 5-4 victory back on September 24 of last year. The Indians are 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.
Indians Pitchers Lifts TigersFour pitchers combined to allow Detroit just four hits in a 5-2 Cleveland victory on Sunday. Logan Allen started for the Indians and allowed one run on two hits in five innings for the victory. Emmanuel Clase came on in the ninth and tossed a scoreless frame for his second save of the season. Franmil Reyes had two hits and drove in a run for Cleveland.
Cleveland is averaging 4.63 runs per game, 11th overall, and they are second in runs allowed per contest at 2.75. The Indians are hitting .226, 18th overall. They are first in home runs per at-bat at one for every 18.0 at-bats.
Shane Bieber gets the start for Cleveland. He is 0-1 with a 3.65 ERA into starts this season. Bieber has been devastating, striking out 24 in 12.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 12 in each of his two starts.
Reyes leads Cleveland in hitting with four homers, five runs, seven RBI, and a .333 batting average. Shortstop Andres Gimenez is off to a tough start, hitting .190 with a homer and two RBI.
White Sox Falls to RoyalsKansas City scored a run in both the eighth and ninth to battle back to defeat Chicago, 4-3. The White Sox bullpen gave up three runs over the final 4.1 innings. Adam Eaton had the big bat for the White Sox on the day, hitting his second home run of the season and driving in two runs.
Back at it tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/rg8VSjjh2w— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 11, 2021
Chicago is sixth in runs per game at 5.67 and is allowing 4.44 runs per contest. They are 11th in team batting average at .242.
Lucas Giolito will go for the White Sox. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA in two starts. He has also been demonstrating some electric stuff, striking out 18 in 10.2 innings pitched. Gioloto struck out 10 and 5.1 innings in his last start.
The White Sox offense is led by Yermin Mercedes who is off to an outrageous start, hitting .536 with two homers and seven RBI in seven games. He already has 15 hits. Third baseman Yoan Moncada is in a slump to start the season, hitting .161 and eight games with a homer and two RBI.
- 4-0 in their last four games.
- 10-4 and their last 14 games on Tuesday.
- 4-0 in their last four games against AL Central teams.
Chicago White Sox:
- 6-14 in their last 20 games.
- 2-14 in their last 16 games against a right-handed starter.
- 1-5 in their last six games against AL Central teams.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
We should see a lot of strikeouts in this game. Bieber and Gioloto combined are averaging more than 33 strikeouts per nine innings. I admit that both Chicago and Cleveland have done a great job at making contact the season, but we should still see a lot of Ks in this game.
The big advantage goes to Cleveland, who has the better starter on the hill. Chicago has had no answers for the Indians of late, and I do not expect to see them have any here either.
Full-Game Total Pick
Oddsmakers recognize this exciting pitching matchup as well, setting a total at 7.0. These teams have gone under in eight of the last 11 meetings. Cleveland has gone under in four of their last five games while Chicago has gone under in seven of their last 10 at home.
Combined these teams are averaging a little over 11 runs per game, but the pitching staffs are combining to allow just barely over seven per contest. That is the key number in this game. I expect this game to go over, but just barely.
Take Cleveland to win, 5-3.