Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians meet for the rubber match of their series which they had hoped would help decide the division and instead is meaningless to both of them. The White Sox are -135 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Chicago White Sox finally started playing better baseball towards the end of the season but by the time they reached that level there was simply too much ground to make up in the division. On Saturday Alex Rios hit a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning and Juan Pierre and Alejandro De Aza each had two hits as the White Sox scored seven times on 10 hits for the game. On the mound Phillip Humber allowed seven hits and two earned runs while striking out seven over six innings of work but Jesse Crain blew the save and eventually it was Sergio Santos who was the winner. For Sunday’s game Chicago starts Zach Stewart who flirted with a perfect game in his last start with just one hit allowed separating him from immortality. Since being traded to the White Sox Stewart has allowed 34 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 28 over 36.2 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians don’t have much to pay for at this point as they had plenty of chances to get it done this season and weren’t able to convert their chances. On Saturday Shelley Duncan homered and had two hits, Jim Thome had two hits, and Matt La Porta had a hit and two RBI’s as the Indians scored three runs on eight hits for the game. Fausto Carmona allowed six hits and three earned runs while striking out for over 5.1 inning sof work to not factor in the decision while Chris Perez gave up the slam to Rios to take his seventh loss of the year. For Sunday’s rematch Cleveland starts Ubaldo Jimenez who was acquired this year in hopes he was the piece that put the Indians over the top. Since moving to Cleveland Jimenez has allowed 45 hits and 24 earned runs while striking out 46 over 41 innings of work.
Chicago is 20-7 in their last 27 games as a favorite, 6-2 in their last eight home games, and 2-5 in their last seven games against a right handed starter. Cleveland is 2-6 in their last eight games as a road underdog, 1-5 in their last six games overall, and 0-6 in their last six games against a right handed starter. Cleveland is 5-15 in their last 20 meetings of these two.
The White Sox haven’t played well against the A.L. Central but they have had the Indians number and they have it in this one as well. Take the White Sox minus the 135 here.
Chicago White Sox -135 Cleveland Indians