Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (72-80) at Cleveland Indians (88-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
M Gonzalez (4-7) (3.83) vs. T Bauer (11-8) (4.24)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -161 / Chicago White Sox +151 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCH, STOH
Over at Progressive Field, the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians will meet on Friday to kick off their MLB series.
The White Sox are fresh off a two-game set against the Phillies. Chicago lost both those games by a combined six runs.
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As for the Indians, they just finished up against the Royals. Cleveland won games one and two by one run each, and on Thursday the Indians finished it out with a 5-2 win.
Taking the hill for the White Sox on Friday will be RHP Miguel Gonzalez. In 22 games, 21 starts and a 4-7 record this year, Gonzalez owns a 3.83 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP in 122.1 innings. Gonzalez took a loss against KC his last time out with seven innings, six hits and three earned.
The White Sox have a few key hitters atop their order. Jose Abreu has hit 176 times with 65 runs, 25 homers and 96 RBI. Adam Eaton is in second with 169 hits, 85 runs and 58 RBI. Melky Cabrera has bagged 163 hits with 64 runs and 76 RBI.
Over on the Indians’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Trevor Bauer on Friday. In his 33 games (26 starts) and 11-8 record, Bauer owns a 4.24 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP in 176.1 innings. Bauer took a loss against Detroit his last time out, with 5.2 innings, 10 hits and six earned.
Cleveland has some nice bats in their order as well. Francisco Lindor leads the way with 179 hits, 95 runs and 71 RBI. Jose Ramirez has bagged 168 hits with 79 runs and 71 RBI. Jason Kipnis is sitting on 162 hits with 88 runs, 23 homers and 80 RBI.
The White Sox are 17-40 in their last 57 road games, and 3-10 in their last 13 games following an off day. Chicago is also 0-5 in their last five overall, and 0-4 in Gonzalez’s last four Friday starts.
As for the Indians, they’re 26-5 in their last 31 Friday games, and 8-3 in their last 11 game ones of a series. Cleveland is also 4-0 in Bauer’s last four starts in game one of a series, and 5-1 in Bauer’s last six home starts.
I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick the White Sox here, so I’ll gladly jump in with the Indians in this one.