Cleveland to Crush White Sox in the Windy City

Doug Upstone

Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:28 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 4:28 PM UTC

With last night's 3-0 win, Cleveland has now won four in a row and is taking shape like a team that wants to return to the World Series and those betting baseball will be paying attention.

The White Sox, on the other hand, continue to struggle to score runs and are rebuilding and backing a club that is 28th in scoring runs makes them play against material for MLB picks.


Pitching Matchup - Carrasco vs. Pelfrey

Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 2.33 ERA and 0.93 WHIP) is known for having good command, but he struggled in last outing with a career-worst five walks. He did battle into the seven inning in loss to Detroit and opposing teams are still only hitting .182 against him. The Venezuelan has a mid-90's fastball which he usually spots very well and his breaking pitches and off-speed efforts keep opposing batters off-balance. For whatever reason, Chicago has been a big conundrum for Carrasco with a brutal 3-9 record and 5.40 ERA.

Right before Friday's game it was revealed tonight's scheduled starter James Shields was place on the DL retroactive April 18 with a strained right lat and that Chicago was bringing up veteran Mike Pelfrey from Triple-A Charlotte to fill his spot. The 33-year old right-hander had not shown much in Charlotte with an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA and lifetime is 65-91 with a 4.57 ERA in the big leagues. Against Cleveland, Pelfrey is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA.


Offensive Disparity Thus Far With These NL Central Combatants

After a sluggish start, the Indians offense is starting sizzle and has averaged 6.1 RPG in their last seven contests. Cleveland has done this without Jason Kipnes, but his replacement Jose Ramirez has been the Tribe's best hitter the first three weeks of the season, leading them in batting average, home runs and RBI's. Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley have gotten off to strong starts and once Edwin Encarnacion comes around, watch out!

The White Sox are again unable to score many runs and are averaging 3.3 per contest. Other than piping hot Avisail Garcia hitting well over .400, the rest of the Sox offense leaves much to desired. Jose Abreu hovering around .200 average is not close to good enough.


Betting Odds, History and Bullpen Numbers

The sportsbooks MLB odds this morning had Cleveland as a -195 road favorite with total of Under 8 (-120). The Indians have won 12 of 20 on the South Side of the Windy City, with the total 13-7-1 UNDER. As good as the Cleveland bullpen has been with a 3.17 ERA, the non-starters for the Pale Hose have been even better with a minuscule 1.32 ERA.


The Winner Is...

Have to admit, not a big run line fan, but given how the Indians are hitting and facing Pelfrey, who is prone to allowing bunches of hits and that Carrasco can certainly lockdown feeble Chicago batting order, betting the Indians on the run line is the best choice. Here is one last tidbit, the Tribe is 13-3 against the run line after two straight games where the bullpen threw three innings or less.

Free MLB Play: Cleveland -1.5Best Betting Line: at 5Dimes

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