Mat Latos (5-1, 4.00 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (26-18) meet Mike Clevinger (0-0, 6.75 ERA) and the Cleveland Indians (22-19) in the first of a four-game division series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game gets underway at 5:10 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and will air on STOh and CSN+.
In his last start, Latos pitched 5.1 innings, giving up five runs, striking out three and walking two in a 5-3 loss to the Astros. Todd Frazier (.228, 26 Rs, 13 HRs, 33 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Indians were victorious the last time Clevinger pitched. He did not do well, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, striking out five and walking one in an 8-7 victory over the Reds. Jason Kipnis (.283, 24 Rs, 6 HRs, 26 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two RBIs.
The White Sox are a small -110 favorite for Game 1 of this traditional doubleheader between AL Central rivals.
Pick - CLE
The White Sox and the Indians hold winning records against the AL Central Division this season. The White Sox sit at 8-3 and the Indians have an 11-6 record.
The White Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Indians have a 5-11 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Indians are 3-11. The White Sox have a 4-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 38 this season. Cleveland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 40.
Chicago and Cleveland both rank in the top half of the league in walks. Chicago sits at 11th with 149 this season and Cleveland ranks 14th with 137.
The White Sox are 17-11 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Indians are 13-12 when they hit at least one homer.