Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Game 1 - 5/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cleveland Indians (22-19) at Chicago White Sox (26-18)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
M Clevinger (0-0) (6.75) vs. M Latos (5-1) (4.00)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -117 / Cleveland Indians +107 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, STO
Monday afternoon in MLB action at US Cellular Field, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox will be kicking off their early-week series with game one of a doubleheader.
The Indians are coming off a weekend series against the Red Sox. Boston and Cleveland split the first two games, and then in Sunday’s rubber match, the Red Sox won 5-2.
As for the White Sox, they played Kansas City over the weekend. The Royals took Friday and Saturday’s game, and on Sunday in the finale, the White Sox eked out a 3-2 victory to prevent the sweep.
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For Monday’s game one, the Indians will be rolling with right-hander Mike Clevinger in the starting role. Clevinger was just recently called up from Triple-A, and he’s got one start to his credit on Wednesday. In that one, Clevinger posted four runs in 5.1 innings in his major league debut.
The Cleveland hitters are a pretty talented and well-rounded bunch. Francisco Lindor leads the charge on 54 hits with 28 runs. Jason Kipnis is playing well with 47 hits and 26 RBI with 24 runs. Carlos Santana has eight homers with 22 RBI and 22 runs. Santana went 0-for-4 on Sunday to drop his average to .234 on the year.
The White Sox will be rolling out right-hander Mat Latos in the starting role Monday. During eight starts and a 5-1 record this season, Latos has posted a 4.00 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP in 45 total innings. In his last time out, Latos gave up five runs in 5.1 innings Wednesday against the Astros.
The Chicago batting order is pretty stacked as well. Adam Eaton owns 52 hits with 19 runs and 14 RBI. Melky Cabrera has put up 50 hits with 21 runs. Cabrera had two hits and two RBI on Sunday. Todd Frazier is only hitting .228, but has a team-high 13 home runs and 33 RBI with 26 runs. Frazier bagged a solo homer on Sunday.
The Indians are 5-1 in their last six game ones of a series, and 21-6 in their last 27 opening games of a doubleheader.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 7-1 in their last eight Monday games, and 11-5 in their last 16 game ones of a series.
I’m not thrilled about either pitcher here, so I feel like the over is the most sensible play. I’ll give Chicago a slight advantage, but it may be a close game.