Johnny Cueto (2-3, 2.72 ERA) takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds (14-14) as they meet John Danks (1-3, 6.20 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (10-15) in the first of a two-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and will air on FSN-OH and WGN.
In his most recent outing, Danks pitched 2.1 innings, allowing three runs (four unearned) and striking out three in a 13-3 loss to the Twins. Jose Abreu (.278, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Thursday. In his pitching opportunities against the White Sox, Cueto is 0-0 with a 9.64 ERA, four strikeouts and zero walks. Todd Frazier (.240, 21 Rs, 10 HRs, 19 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 Thursday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Chicago is a +127 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The White Sox have a losing record of 4-10 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -607. They are 1-3 as the underdog over their last 10 games.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Reds come into this game with a win percentage of .583 when playing as the favorite (7-5) and an overall money line of +51. Against AL opponents, they are 14-14 SU and 7-5 as the favorite. Cincinnati is one of the top home-run-hitting teams in the league with 38 home runs. Cincinnati is a terror on the base paths, ranking second in the MLB with 33 stolen bases. Cincinnati's pitching staff and defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fifth in the NL with only three runs allowed per road game. They also average just 7.6 hits allowed per game, best in the NL.
This game will feature Cueto (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have an 8-11 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Danks will take the mound against the Reds, who have a 3-3 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CIN, O/U - Under
When leading after 7 innings, Cincinnati is 5-5, while Chicago is 2-3.
Having scored one run in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Reds have a 5-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 2-14. The Reds have a 4-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Chicago has hit 14 this season. Cincinnati ranks third with 38 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Cincinnati is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.89 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 8.12.
Ranking 26th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.644). Cincinnati ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .699.
When the Reds allow at least one home run, they are 9-12. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 5-11 record.