Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - 4/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (1-1) at Chicago White Sox (3-1)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Danny Salazar (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Danks (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +100 / Cleveland Indians -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, SPORTSTIME OHIO
The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox will be opening up their series on Friday afternoon at US Cellular Field.
The Indians are coming off a home series against the Red Sox, during which they split a two-game series 1-1 (with Thursday’s game three being postponed). Cleveland’s win came Wednesday by a margin of 7-6; Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 there and slapped a homer with three RBI on the day.
As for the White Sox, they just finished up a four-game series, winning three, against the A’s in Oakland. Chicago won Thursday’s game three in impressive fashion by a score of 6-1. Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera and Tyler Saladino each had two hits, while Jose Abreu homered and provided three RBI for the White Sox.
The Indians are bringing out right-hander Danny Salazar (who was originally going to pitch Thursday) for Friday’s game. Salazar had an up-and-down spring, but is coming off a 2015 during which he put up a 14-10 record with a 3.45 ERA and 195 strikeouts for the Indians.
Backing up Salazar at the plate in this one we’ve got a pretty solid Cleveland lineup. Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor will head the order in 2016; both players should combine for around 35 steals and 150 runs with 20 homers, which is a nice balance of speed and power. Speaking of power, the Indians are relying on Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli there, and each of them has a solid shot at a 20-home run campaign.
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Pitching Friday’s game for the White Sox is John Danks, who has been with the team since 2007. Danks posted seven wins and 15 losses in a forgettable 2015, and hasn’t had a winning record since 2010.
The White Sox have a pretty stacked lineup of familiar names this year at the plate, so we’ll see if they can put everything together. There’s some impressive power in the Chicago order, namely with Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier, both of whom have a legitimate shot at 30 homers and 100 RBI this season.
There are some favorable trends for this game on both sides. The Indians are 7-0 in their last seven Friday games, and 4-1 in their last five overall. Cleveland is also 8-1 in Danny Salazar’s last nine Friday starts.
As for the White Sox, they’re 4-1 in their last five game ones of a series, but 2-6 in John Danks’ last eight starts.
I think Chicago will surprise a lot of people this year with how well they play, but for now I like Salazar to keep this game under control. This is a great matchup and should be a fun one to watch.