Trevor Bauer (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and John Danks (0-1, 6.35 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Cleveland Indians (2-5) and the Chicago White Sox (3-4) at Progressive Field. The White Sox won the last game 4-1 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 12:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and STO.
Bauer pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out 11 and walking five in a 5-1 win over the Astros. When pitching against the Indians, Danks is 5-11 with a 5.10 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 91 strikeouts. Tyler Flowers (.312 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Cleveland is a -142 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Indians have an overall money line of -230 and a record as the favorite of 1-2. Cleveland's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.2 per game.
As for their opponent, Chicago has a winless record of 0-3 playing as the underdog and a disappointing overall money line of -210 so far this season. AL Central foes have had an easy time with the White Sox when they're ranked as the underdog. They have a 0-3 record as favorite and 2-4 SU.
The White Sox have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - CLE, O/U - Over
The White Sox have a 3-4 record against other teams in the AL Central Division, while the Indians have a winless 0-4 record against these opponents.
Chicago has lost all of its games (0-2) when leading after 7 innings. However, Cleveland has won 33% (1-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the White Sox need to step it up. The Indians have a record of 2-2 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
The Indians and the White Sox are both 0-4 when they are outhit.
Ranking 23rd in home runs, Cleveland has hit four this season. Chicago ranks 12th with seven home runs.
Cleveland and Chicago both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Cleveland sits at seventh with 8.00 hits per game and Chicago ranks eighth with 7.50.
Ranking 25th, Cleveland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.602). Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .658.
The White Sox are 0-4 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Indians are 1-4 when they allow at least one homer.