MLB Pick On The Indians vs. White Sox Game 2 Of Doubleheader

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Monday, May 23, 2016 6:04 PM UTC

Monday, May. 23, 2016 6:04 PM UTC

A battle of two minor league pitchers that both failed in earlier trials in the majors could lead to lots of scoring, making ‘over’ the MLB pick in Game 2 of Indians vs. White Sox.


Two pitchers called up from the minor leagues for the sole purpose of pitching in Game 2 of a doubleheader Monday night could lead to lots of scoring when Cody Anderson and the Cleveland Indians (22-19, 11-11 away) pay a visit to fellow right-hander Erik Johnson and the Chicago White Sox (26-18, 12-9 home) for the doubleheader nightcap from U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, IL at approximately 8:10 ET in a game available on Comcast SportsNet - Chicago.

The posted total at Heritage is 9½ for this contest with the current MLB odds on the ‘over’ set at +100.


Top Two Teams in American League Central
The White Sox have led the American League Central for virtually this entire season and they even had the best record in the American League for a while, but they have slumped a bit lately losing six of their last eight games, although they did salvage the finale of a three-game series vs. the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday afternoon after losing the first two games of that set. Their lead in the division is now down to 2½ games.

And who are the closest pursuers of the White Sox? Well, that would be these Indians as they had been the winning MLB picks in five games in a row before dropping the last two games to the Red Sox over the weekend in Boston. Remember that Cleveland was a popular pick to win the AL Central before the season, so the Tribe could be positioning themselves to do just that.


Anderson Sent to Minor League Recently
The Indians may have been a popular pick because of their fine young starting pitching, but that will probably not be apparent in this doubleheader nightcap with the recently demoted Anderson being temporarily called up as the special 26th man that teams are allowed to carry when they play twinbills, as he “earned” his demotion with consistently poor showings.

The last time Anderson made an appearance in the majors was last Monday vs. the lowly Cincinnati Reds, who knocked him around for six earned runs on nine hits plus two walks vs. just two strikeouts in 4.1 innings. That was enough for Cleveland to send him back to the minors, as that disastrous outing left Cody at 0-3 with a ridiculous 7.99 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in seven Major League appearances this year including six starts.

Just about the only good news for Anderson is that he is facing a White Sox lineup that is in a batting slump, but then again, the Reds have been one of the worst hitting teams in the league and that did not prevent them from teeing off on the ineffective Anderson last week.


Second Start for Johnson
When you then consider that the home standing White Sox are doing the exact same thing in calling up Johnson to be their 26th man and take this start, then it should come as no surprise that this total got bet up since its opener, which was 9 at Pinnacle Sports with the ‘over’ set at -115. This is actually the second Major League start for Johnson this season, and he was mostly ineffective in his first start while taking the loss.

In fact, he was fortunate to allow only four earned runs in five innings in that outing vs. the Red Sox here at home, considering he allowed eight hits including two home runs plus three walks. And it is not as if Johnson is tearing things up in the minor leagues this year either, where he is 2-1 in six starts with a 3.57 ERA and 4.92 FIP at the Triple-A level with a poor command ratio of 6.37 strikeouts vs. 3.06 walks per nine innings.


Trending the ‘over’
Finally, going back to last season, the ‘over’ is now 9-1 in Anderson’s last 10 starts overall and 3-0-2 in Johnson’s last five home starts. The ‘over’ is also 8-3 in the Indians’ last 11 games inside the American League Central, as well as 3-0-1 in the last four head-to-head meetings between these teams in Chicago pending the results of Game 1 of this twinbill.

Given that both of these starting pitchers will be back in the minor leagues after this doubleheader is complete, look for those trends to continue in Game #2 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox in the Windy City on Monday.

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Free MLB Pick:  Over 9½ +100
Best Line Offered:  at Heritage
MLB Record: 28-22-1, +9.80

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