Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/12/14
Chicago White Sox (44-49) at Cleveland Indians (45-46)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Progressive Field)
Scott Carroll (R) (2-5) (6.341) vs. Zach McAllister (R) (3-4) (5.895)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -155 / Chicago White Sox +145 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians play early Saturday.
The White Sox have lost six of their 11 games in the month of July and are six games below .500. The good news for the White Sox is that their pitching staff has shown signs of improvement, allowing three or less runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the White Sox have an ERA of 4.16. The White Sox have won 17 of their last 18 games when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has 13 hits in his last 10 games. Scott Carroll takes the hill, and he’s 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA and has 31 strikeouts in 63.2 innings. Carroll is 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA in two career games against the Indians.
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The Indians have won seven of their 10 games in the month of July and have pulled to a .500 record. The Indians pitching staff has also shown signs of improving, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. That’s much better than their ERA of 3.95. The Indians have won five straight when allowing less than four runs. Offensively, Michael Brantley has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Starting is Zach McAllister, who is 3-4 with a 5.89 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 47.1 innings. McAllister is 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA in seven career starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 2-5 in Carrolls last 7 starts and 0-4 in Carrolls last 4 starts with 4 days of rest. The Indians are 8-2 in McAllisters last 10 starts as a favorite and 1-5 in McAllisters last 6 starts. The White Sox are 1-8 in the last 9 meetings in Cleveland.
Both of these teams have been so up-and-down that I see value in taking the White Sox and the plus money.