Chris Sale (12-7, 3.29 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, gets the start for the Chicago White Sox (65-70) as they go up against Trevor Bauer (10-11, 4.56 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (66-69) in the first of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 7 and will air on CSCh and STOh.
In his most recent outing, Sale pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out 10 and walking one in an 8-6 loss to the Twins. Adam Eaton (.277, 83 Rs, 12 HRs, 43 RBIs, 13 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Indians were unsuccessful to the Blue Jays 5-1 the last time Bauer pitched. He went 1.1 innings, giving up five runs, striking out two and walking one. Jason Kipnis (.311, 77 Rs, 7 HRs, 45 RBIs, 11 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is a -171 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 31-27 record and overall money line at -813. They have disappointing records of 11-15 as the favorite and 23-33 SU within their division. The White Sox are a dangerous hitting team with 357 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
Switching gears, the Indians come into this game with a win percentage of .417 when playing as the underdog (20-28) and an overall money line of -1,541. Against divisional opponents, they are 19-32 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 6-9 record. Cleveland has been playing better lately, averaging 5.3 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.1. Cleveland has an eye for the strike zone on the road, ranking 3.2 in the AL with third walks per game. Switching gears to Cleveland's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest ERA in the AL at 3.79. They have a WHIP of 1.19 on the year, good for fourth 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 mostly come out on top against the Indians in their previous 13 games this season, earning an 8-5 record. This game will feature Bauer (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 49-55 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Sale will take the mound against the Indians, who have an 18-27 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Cle, O/U - Over
The Indians are struggling at 20-32 in their division, while the White Sox sit at 24-33.
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 are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 32-51 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 52-12. The Indians have a 56-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Chicago and Cleveland both rank near the bottom of the league in runs. Chicago sits at 26th with 530 runs this season and Cleveland ranks 21st with 550.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 319 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fifth with 457.
The White Sox are 40-35 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 48-27 when they hit at least one homer.