Danny Salazar (11-4, 3.38 ERA) and Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.32 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Cleveland Indians (68-50) and the Chicago White Sox (57-62) at Progressive Field. The White Sox won the last game 10-7, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 18 and can be seen on STOh and CSCh.
Salazar pitched 2.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs, striking out three and walking two in a 12-5 defeat to the Twins. Rodon went 6.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking three in a 4-2 win over the Marlins in his last outing. Todd Frazier (.210, 66 Rs, 31 HRs, 74 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and two RBIs.
Cleveland is a -178 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have recorded an overall money line of +783 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 53-34. Cleveland is an impressive 6-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Cleveland is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 102 bases. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Cleveland. The Indians are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 4.2 runs per game. The Indians are the top team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.2 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Chicago has a 26-38 record and an overall money line of -696. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 4-16 record against AL Central rivals, and a 4-6 record SU.
The Indians have controlled the season series, 8-3. The Indians have a great 13-5 record at home (23-12 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Rodon takes the mound. Salazar (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 44-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians hold a 32-17 record in matchups against AL Central rivals, while the White Sox currently sit at 20-28 in these games.
When leading after seven innings, Cleveland is 27-24, while Chicago is 27-27.
The White Sox are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Indians have a 0-9 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 40-11. The Indians have a 54-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th, Chicago sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 479 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fourth with 600.
Ranking 22nd, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 341 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 374.
The Indians are 49-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The White Sox are 42-36 when they hit at least one homer.