In the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (65-71) and the Cleveland Indians (67-69) at U.S. Cellular Field, Carlos Rodon (6-6, 4.10 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (12-9, 3.53 ERA) get the start. The Indians won the last game 3-2 and Cleveland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and will air on WPWR and STOh.
In his last start, Rodon pitched 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking three in a 3-0 loss to the Twins. The Indians were victorious the last time Carrasco pitched. He pitched well, going 6.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out 11 and walking one in a 7-3 victory over the Yankees. Michael Brantley (.320, 62 Rs, 12 HRs, 75 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
Chicago is a +111 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the White Sox have a 34-43 record and overall money line at -623. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 24-33 and a 13-18 record when they were the underdog. Chicago has averaged 5.3 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 358.
On the other side, the Indians have a record of 45-41 when they are favored and are -1,413 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 5-1 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 7-3. 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 3.76 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.18 on the year, good for third in the league. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an AL-best 8.8 strikeouts per game.
The White Sox have gotten the best of the Indians in head-to-head matchups this season, going 8-6. This game will feature Carrasco (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 50-55 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the left-hander Rodon. They sport an 18-27 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 21-32, and the White Sox have a 24-34 record.
Cleveland has won 49% (21-22) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 53% (30-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Indians managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are heading in with a 14-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 52-12. The Indians have a 57-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago and Cleveland both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Chicago sits at 26th with 532 runs this season and Cleveland ranks 21st with 553.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 324 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fifth with 458.
The White Sox are 40-35 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 49-27 when they hit at least one homer.