Finding things difficult on the road
Cleveland has dropped back-to-back games, including a 6-2 setback to Chicago as +110 road underdogs Monday—going 'under' the betting total in each of those affairs.
The Indians are a forgettable 9-17 on the road this season, which has been caused by possessing the fourth-highest road ERA among AL teams.
MLB handicappers will also find that the Tribe are 6-12 versus left-handed starters, with the 'under' going 9-8-1 in that situation.
Back in the win column
Chicago has won five of eight meetings against Cleveland during the 2014 campaign, which is a major improvement in comparison to its 2-17 record in last year’s season series.|
The White Sox are still playing without the services of rookie first baseman Jose Abreu due to an ankle injury, but they're still capable of scoring runs due to ranking third in the Majors in hitting .274 with runners in scoring position.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the club is 16-8 as home favorites of -150 to -175, with the 'over' going 13-9-2 in those 24 opportunities.
Indians starting pitcher Justin Masterson (2-3, 5.32 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 8-7 road win over the Baltimore Orioles last time out, as he surrendered five runs, and eight hits over 5.2 innings of work.
The right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in five road appearances, with opposing batters hitting .272 against him (.269 at home).
In 26 lifetime appearances (21 starts) versus the White Sox, Masterson has compiled a 9-5 record and 2.35 ERA.
White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (4-0, 1.89 ERA) owns a 0.69 ERA with 20 strikeouts, and a .049 opponents average over his last two outings, which includes a 3-2 home win over the New York Yankees in his last effort.
The left-hander has put together a perfect 3-0 record, and 2.49 ERA in four home appearances—issuing six walks and striking out 33 batters in 25.1 combined frames.
In 19 career outings (eight starts) versus the Tribe, Sale has gone 3-4 with a 4.76 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Indians as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve won Justin Masterson’s last eight trips to the mound in this rivalry.
Free MLB Pick: Cleveland Indians +155