Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet for their second of two in Chicago. The White Sox are -120 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8 runs.
The Chicago White Sox have a lot of ground to make up in the American League Central standings but they took a step in the right direction on Wednesday night as they knocked off the first place Indians. The White Sox had just five hits with Juan Pierre getting a hit and scoring the only run of the game, Adam Dunn getting the only RBI, and Omar Vizquel getting a hit to move closer to the 3,000 hit club. Jake Peavy simply outstanding in his second start of the season after being on the DL as he allowed just three hits and struck out eight going the full nine innings and getting a shutout for his first win of the season. Chicago looks to make it two in a row against the Tribe as they start Gavin Floyd who has lost two of his last three starts. For the season Floyd has allowed 49 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 48 in 53.1 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians are still in control of the American League Central despite their loss on Wednesday and they look to stay above .500 on the road for the season on Thursday. On Wednesday Shin-Soo Choo had two hits, Asdrubal Cabrera had a hit, and Michael Brantley struck out three times in the shutout loss. Justin Masterson was the tough luck loser as he allowed just five hits and a run while striking out eight over eight innings of work to take his second loss of the year. For Thursday’s rematch Cleveland starts Fausto Carmona who has won his last two decisions. For the season Carmona has allowed 53 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 37 in 59.1 innings of work.
Chicago is 8-3 in their last 11 games overall, 3-10 in their last 13 home games, and 1-4 in Floyd’s last five home starts. Cleveland is 8-1 in their last nine against the AL Central, 13-6 in their last 19 games overall, and 2-6 in Carmona’s last eight road starts. Cleveland is 8-1 in Carmona’s last nine starts against Chicago.
While Cleveland has been on fire this season, the fire has been out against Chicago as they are just 2-9 in the last 11 meetings of these two. The White Sox are heating up and I look for them to get another home win. Take the White Sox minus 120.
Chicago White Sox -120 Cleveland Indians