Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox meet for game one of their double header in Cleveland on Monday. The White Sox are -115 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Cleveland Indians have played solid baseball thus far this season and are quietly one of the surprise teams in the early going. The Indians are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 6-8 at home this season, and have a 1.5 game lead in the A.L Central. As a team the Indians are hitting .244 with Asdrubal Cabrera hitting .333, Jason Kipnis hitting .300, Jack Hannahan hitting .282m and Travis Hafner hitting .253. As a team the Indians pitching staff has an ERA of 4.06 with the starters at 4.05 and the bullpen at 4.08. For game one against the White Sox Cleveland starts Zach McAllister who is seeing his first Major league action if the season. Last season McAllister allowed 26 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 14 over 17.2 innings of work for an 0-1 record and a 6.11 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox got off to a nice start this season but they have tailed off of late and are moving in the wrong direction in the standings. The White Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 8-6 on the road this season, and three games back in the A.L. Central standings. As a team the White Sox are hitting .243 with Paul Konerko hitting .347, A.J. Pierzynski is hitting .278, and Alex Rios is hitting .276. As a team the White Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57 with the starters at 3.68 and the bullpen at 3.27. For game one of the series and double header Chicago starts Phillip Humber who hasn’t pitched very well since his perfect game. For the season Humber has allowed 18 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 27 over 25.1 innings of work for a 4.62 ERA.
Cleveland is 6-1 in their last seven game one of a series, 13-3 in opening games of a double header, and 0-4 in their last four Monday games. Chicago is 7-3 in their last 10 road games, 3-9 in their last 12 games overall, and 1-6 in Humber’s last seven starts. Chicago is 12-3 in their last 15 games in Cleveland.
The total in this one is set at 8.5 and I like the over in this one.