Indians vs. White Sox - 8/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (57-62) at Cleveland Indians (68-50)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
C Rodon (3-8) (4.32) vs. D Salazar (11-4) (3.30)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -178 / Chicago White Sox +168 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians meet Thursday night for a rubber game.
The Chicago White Sox look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The White Sox have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Chicago White Sox offense continues to produce, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Abreu leads Chicago with 129 hits, Melky Cabrera has 54 RBI and Adam Eaton has 11 home runs. Carlos Rodon gets the nod, and he’s 3-8 with a 4.32 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Rodon is 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA and 34 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.
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The Cleveland Indians look for another win after winning six of their last nine games. The Indians have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cleveland Indians offene also continues to produce, and they’ve won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Francisco Lindor leads Cleveland with 143 hits, Jason Kipnis has 67 RBI and Mike Napoli has 29 home runs. Danny Salazar takes the hill, and he’s 11-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 133 strikeouts this season. Salazar is 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 63 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 1-6 in Rodons last 7 road starts. The Indians are 19-7 in their last 26 Thursday games and 9-2 in Salazars last 11 starts. The Indians are 4-1 in Salazars last 5 starts vs. White Sox.
That's a lot of juice to lay against a White Sox team that can really swing the bat. Also, the White Sox have won four of Rodon's last six starts. Sure, the Indians are the better team and Salazar is the better pitcher, but there's value here with the big plus money.