The Indians have gone sour, dropping five straight games including the first two of this series. The White Sox complete the sweep tonight when Chicago hosts Cleveland.
Looking to put an end to the Tribe’s five-game skid will be left-hander Aaron Laffey who comes into this start 2-2 with a miniscule 1.35 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. This kid has been everything skipper Eric Wedge could have hoped for when they called him up back in late April to take the spot of the injured Jake Westbrook.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]He'll look to build off an impressive outing at home against the A's in which he allowed just one unearned run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in seven total innings of work. The kid hasn’t allowed an earned run in each of his last three starts. He’ll be making his first road start in this spot, but he had success at US Cellular Field last season in his lone start against Chicago. He threw 5.2 innings of four-run ball in Cleveland’s 7-5 road win.
After getting pounded in each of his previous two starts, lefty Mark Buehrle threw a gem his last time out at San Francisco allowing seven hits and one earned run in the White Sox 3-1 road victory. The win improved his record to 2-5 on the year and lowered his ERA to 5.27. Buehrle’s yet to pick up a win at US Cellular this season going 0-2 with a 5.79 ERA and allowing 21 hits and 12 earned runs in a shade under 19 innings of work. Cleveland’s got the best of him throughout his career evidenced by his 7-11 record and 4.97 ERA in 29 total starts. Chicago’s lost his last three starts against Cleveland going back to last season.
Why not roll with the red hot White Sox in this spot who’ve cashed tickets in nine of 13 tries against left-handers this season? The Tribe is winless in its last six road games, while Chicago’s 6-1 the last seven times they’ve been installed home underdogs. Ride the Southsider’s winning streak!
Free Pick: White Sox -102