Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/27/14
Cleveland Indians (24-27) at Chicago White Sox (25-27)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Justin Masterson (R) (2-3) (5.064) vs. Chris Sale (L) (4-0) (1.890)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -165 / Cleveland Indians +155 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: STO, WCIU
The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox will take the field Tuesday night for game two of three.
The Indians have won five of their last eight games, but are finding it difficult to put runs on the board against the White Sox. In five of the eight games against the White Sox this season, the Indians have been held to three or less runs, including just two in Monday’s loss. Michael Brantley has a 12-game hitting streak and Carlos Santana was scratched from the lineup Monday due to an illness. The Indians will need to score runs with Justin Masterson on the mound, who is 2-3 with a 5.32 ERA and has 55 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. Masterson is 9-5 with a 2.35 ERA in 26 career games against the White Sox.
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The White Sox have also won five of their last eight games and are one win away from becoming a .500 ball club. With the 6-2 win on Monday, the White Sox are 22-11 when scoring more than three runs. Alexei Ramirez has an RBI in three of his last four games and Adam Dunn has gotten on base at least once in eight straight games. The White Sox pitching, however, that’s ranked 30th in ERA has to improve. Chris Sale gets the start, and he’s 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA and has 39 strikeouts in 33.1 innings. Sale is 3-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 19 career games against the Indians.
The Indians are 4-0 in Masterson's last 4 starts vs. American League Central and 2-5 in Masterson's last 7 starts as an underdog. The White Sox are 21-10 in Sale's last 31 home starts and 19-8 in Sale's last 27 starts as a home favorite. The Indians are 8-0 in Masterson's last 8 starts vs. White Sox, while the White Sox are 1-4 in Sales last 5 starts vs. Indians.
No value in playing the juice, which is why I'm going to play the over in this matchup. The over is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings between these two teas in Chicago, and Masterson has given up tons of runs this season. The White Sox should have a field day.