Jose Quintana (2-3, 4.39 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (2-1, 3.67 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (18-17) and the Cleveland Indians (14-23) at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 2-1, continuing a six-game winning streak. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on STO and CSN-CHI.
Quintana is 4-0 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 53 strikeouts against the Indians. Jose Abreu (.293, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Bauer is 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA when pitching against the White Sox. He is up against a quality Chicago offense which is hitting .256 this season.
Chicago is a slim -112 favorite at home against Cleveland. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of eight runs. Though the White Sox have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-53), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 9-6. Within its division, Chicago has a 6-5 record as favorite and a 10-14 record SU. The White Sox have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 3.9 runs per game. The White Sox are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 8.8 per game.
In the other locker room, Cleveland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,252 and a disappointing record of 5-8 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-5 record against AL Central rivals, and a 4-6 record SU. Cleveland is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per road game, ranking fifth in the AL. The Indians have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 9.9 strikeouts per road game.
The White Sox lead the season series, 4-2. The White Sox have a 14-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bauer takes the mound. Quintana (LHP) will be on the hill against the Indians, who have a inferior 4-9 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 7-17, and the White Sox have an 11-14 record.
Cleveland has won 36% (5-9) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 64% (7-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 3-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
The White Sox are coming into the game with six consecutive wins, while the Indians currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 12-3. The White Sox have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 134 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 160.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 88 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top five at fifth with 132.
The White Sox are 9-6 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 12-11 when they hit at least one homer.