Chris Sale (3-1, 5.09 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (17-17) go up against Corey Kluber (1-5, 4.27 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (14-22) in the first of a four-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox enter this series looking to continue a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 18 and will air on STO and CSN-CHI.
Sale is 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA and 1.26 WHIP against the Indians in his career. Avisail Garcia (.346, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 17 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the White Sox, Kluber is 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA. He gets a strong Chicago offense that's batting .258. Michael Brantley (.348, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 22 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI.
Chicago is favored by a small -115 margin in its matchup against Cleveland. The matchup currently has a seven-run Over/Under (O/U). The White Sox are in an interesting position this season. While they have a notable winning record in games where they're the favorite (9-6), their overall money line (-177) is less impressive. They have a 10-14 record SU and are 6-5 as favorite within their division. The most recent 10-game stretch for the White Sox has gone great. Over that span, Chicago is averaging 5.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 3.8. The White Sox rank fifth in the AL in hits with 8.7 per game.
Switching gears, the Indians come into this game with a weak win percentage of .385 when playing as the underdog (5-8) and an overall money line of -1,112. Against teams in their division, they are 7-16 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-5 record. 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. They also have some of the most overpowering arms in baseball with an AL-high 10.0 strikeouts per road game.
In their previous five games this season, the White Sox have a 3-2 record. This game will feature Kluber (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 14-13 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Sale will take the mound against the Indians. Against lefty starters this season, they have an awful 4-9 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The Indians currently sit below .500 against the AL Central Division at 7-16, and the White Sox have a 10-14 record.
When the White Sox and the Indians play into extra innings, both teams are winless with a 0-1 record.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Indians are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The White Sox have a 2-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Indians are 12-3. The White Sox have a 13-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 132 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top half at 13th with 159.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 86 this season. Cleveland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 130.
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.