John Danks (7-15, 4.71 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (3-1) meet Danny Salazar (14-10, 3.45 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (1-1) in the first of a three-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 8 and will air on STOh and CSCh.
Danks will take the hill after pitching 177.2 innings last season, finishing 7-15 with a 4.71 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 124 strikeouts. Adam Eaton (.562 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 5. Salazar is on the mound for the Indians. He pitched 185.0 innings last season, going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA 1.13 WHIP, and four strikeouts. Carlos Santana (.500 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season for the Indians, going 2 for 3 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are Indians -125 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 at the moment.
The Indians have a dynamic offense, leading the league with zero extra base hits.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE
In their last game, the Indians won by a margin of one run. The White Sox are 2-1 in one-run games. The Indians have a 1-0 record in close games.
The Chicago batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Cleveland has a record of 1-1 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
Cleveland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting two this season. Chicago ranks in the top half with three.
Ranking 21st, Cleveland is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.00 per game. Chicago ranks in the top half with 8.50.
Ranking first in on-base plus slugging percentage, Cleveland has an OPS of .000 this season. Chicago ranks 28th with an OPS of .641.
The Indians are 1-1 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The White Sox are 0-1 when they allow at least one homer.