Josh Tomlin (4-1, 2.55 ERA) takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians (67-70) as they go up against Jeff Samardzija (9-11, 4.87 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (66-71) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 7-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 9 and will air on CSCh and STOh.
In his last start, Samardzija pitched 6.1 innings, giving up four runs, striking out four and walking four in a 6-4 victory over the Twins. Jose Abreu (.294, 83 Rs, 26 HRs, 85 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Indians were victorious over the Tigers 8-1 the last time Tomlin pitched. He went 9.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out six and walking one. Michael Brantley (.319, 63 Rs, 13 HRs, 77 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Chicago is a slight -114 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 31-28 record and overall money line at -796. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 24-34 and an 11-16 record when they were the favorite. Chicago has averaged 5.1 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.9. The White Sox rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 362. Chicago's pitching staff performs very well on its own field, recording a low 3.58 team ERA at home.
On the other side, the Indians have a record of 22-28 when they are the underdog and are -1,250 overall with the money line. Against fellow AL Central members, they are 21-32 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with an 8-9 record. Cleveland has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.2 in the AL with third walks per game. The Indians are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.75 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.19 on the year, good for fourth in the league. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an AL-high 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The White Sox have gotten the best of the Indians in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-6. This game will feature Tomlin (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 50-56 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Samardzija will take the mound against the Indians, who have a 48-42 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Indians are struggling at 21-33 in their division, while the White Sox sit at 25-34.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 16-32 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 9-52. The White Sox have a 10-54 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Chicago ranks 25th with 114 homers and Cleveland is 24th with 115.
Chicago and Cleveland both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Chicago sits at seventh with 8.66 hits per game and Cleveland ranks ninth with 8.62.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.693). Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .720.
When the Indians allow at least one home run, they are 39-57. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 32-54 record.