In the third of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (18-18) and the Cleveland Indians (15-23) at U.S. Cellular Field, Carlos Rodon (1-0, 4.96 ERA) and Shaun Marcum (0-0, 1.80 ERA) get the start. The Indians won the last game 3-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 20 and will air on STO and WPWR.
In his most recent outing, Rodon pitched 4.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out five and walking six in a 7-6 loss to the Athletics. Avisail Garcia (.336, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. In his career against the White Sox, Marcum is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts. Jason Kipnis (.338, 27 Rs, 4 HRs, 17 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Chicago, a -136 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Cleveland. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The White Sox have a winning record of 10-6 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +47. They are 4-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. Chicago has averaged 5.1 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 3.8.
Moving on to the away team, the Indians come into this game with a weak win percentage of .357 when playing as the underdog (5-9) and an overall money line of -1,352. Against divisional foes, they are 7-17 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-6 record. The Indians average 3.2 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL when they travel. The Indians are one of the top AL pitching staffs on the road, essentially shutting down opponents to the tune of three runs allowed per away game. The Cleveland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging an AL-best 10.1 strikeouts per game.
The White Sox have mostly come out on top against the Indians in their previous seven games this season, earning a 4-3 record. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Marcum) in this game and have a 15-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Indians will be the left-hander Rodon. Southpaw starters have been a big issue for them as they sport a 4-10 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 8-17, and the White Sox have an 11-15 record.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 1-1 record. The Indians are 0-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Indians managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are heading in with a 7-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 13-3. The White Sox have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 135 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 14th with 163.
Ranking 25th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 92 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 136.
The White Sox are 9-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 13-11 when they hit at least one homer.