Cleveland has brought the bacon home four of the last five times Paul Byrd has started against Chicago. Side with the Indians at home Monday night against the White Sox.
Javier Vazquez will look to build upon his last outing against these same Indians that he held to just four hits and two earned runs through seven innings of work in Chicago’s 7-2 home victory last Wednesday night. He’s 5-3 with a solid 3.43 ERA allowing 64 hits and 26 runs (25 earned) with a spectacular K/BB ratio of 65/13 in 65+ total innings of work.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]His 65 K’s are the second most in the American League. He owns a personal mark of 2-2 on the road this season with a 3.73 ERA, and Chicago has earned victories in each of his last two starts as a visitor. In his career against the Indians, Vazquez is 6-4 with a 3.94 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 13 total starts. He earned the victory in two of his three starts against them last season, and has split both starts against them this year.
Looking to get the Indians out of their rut will be rubber-armed righty Paul Byrd. The veteran comes into tonight’s start 2-4 overall with a 4.10 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He’s coming off a losing start against these same White Sox where he only managed to go 5.1 innings allowing five hits and five runs. He only allowed Chicago a total of one hit through five, but got blown up in the sixth surrendering homers to both Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome.
He’s been much better and more consistent within the comfy confines of Jacobs Field this season where he’s 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in a four starts. Byrd is 9-3 with a 4.34 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 16 career starts against the White Sox, and the Tribe’s yet to lose a home start with him throwing against Chicago.
Even with last week's loss at “The Cell,” Cleveland’s a bankroll building 4-1 SU in Byrd’s last five starts against the White Sox, and they’re a perfect 4-0 SU the last four times he’s faced them at home. With the White Sox a poor 4-9 SU over their last 13 on the road against right-handers and the fact that they served the Tribe their lunch in Chicago last week, look for Cleveland to play some inspired ball throughout this series starting tonight.
Free Pick: Indians +100