Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox
The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox close out their series in Cleveland on Sunday with the Indians looking for the sweep. The White Sox are -135 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Cleveland Indians have opened their series against the White Sox with two wins and with Saturday’s win they get back to .500 on the year. Mark Reynolds had two hits including a grand slam home run, Nick Swisher had two hits including a homer, and Yan Gomes added a home run as the Indians scoed nine runs on nine hits. Starting pitcher Zach McCallister allowed five hits and three runs while striking out six over 6.1 innings to get his first win of the year and raise his record to 1-1. For Sunday’s game the Indians go for the sweep as they start Brett Myers who was hit hard in his prior two appearances this season. In his only two outings Myers has allowed 18 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out four with seven home runs allowed in 10.1 innings of work for a 12.19 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox looked decent when they opened their season at home but five games into their road trip they are looking for their first road win of the year. On Saturday Alejandro De Aza hit a home run and Jeff Keppinger and Alexei Ramirez had two hits each as the White Sox scored four runs on seven hits. On the mound starting pitcher Chris Sale didn’t have it allowing eight hits and eight runs while striking out three and lasting just 4.1 innings taking his first loss of the season to drop to 1-1. For Sunday’s game Chicago starts Jake Peavy who took the loss in the first game of this road trip. For the season Peavy has allowed 13 hits and seven earned runs while striking out 13 over 11.1 innings of work for a 5.56 ERA.
Cleveland is 23-50 in their last 73 games overall, 18-41 in their last 49 games as an underdog, and 11-28 against a team with a losing record. Chicago is 7-20 in their last 27 road games, 2-6 in their last eight game three of a series, and 1-4 in Peavy’s last five starts. Chicago is 16-8 in their last 24 games in Cleveland.
With two aggressive pitchers and two aggressive teams at the plate this has the making of double digit runs and my pick is going to be the over.