Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - 9/29/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (66-93) at Cleveland Indians (100-59)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)
M Pelfrey (3-11) (5.52) vs. T Bauer (16-9) (4.28)
The Line: Cleveland Indians / Chicago White Sox --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, SportsTime Ohio
The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians face off on Friday at Progressive Field to kick off their final series of the 2017 regular season, a three game AL Central division set.
The Chicago White Sox will look to finish strong after winning their series with the Angels following a 5-4 win in the series finale on Thursday to give the White Sox their sixth win in their last eight games. Rob Brantly led the charge, going 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBIs, while Yolmer Sanchez went 3 for 4 with two RBIs of his own and Adam Engel added a run on the board of his own to round out the scoring for Chicago in the win. Avisail Garcia added a double in going 2 for 4 at the dish, while Tim Anderson and Nicky Delmonico added base knocks of their own in the winning effort. Dylan Covey gave up all four runs on four hits while walking a pair and striking out five over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Gregory Infante got the win to improve to 2-1 this season while Juan Minaya notched his 8th save of the year. Mike Pelfrey will start the opener and is 3-11 with a 5.52 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pelfrey is 2-4 with a 4.45 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Cleveland.
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The Cleveland Indians will look to finish with the best record in the AL, after notching their 100th win of the year in a 5-2 win over the Twins in their series finale on Thursday. All of Cleveland’s damage on the scoreboard was done via the long ball with Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez each hitting a two run home run while Jay Bruce added a solo shot of his own. Francisco Lindor went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and Lonne Chisenhall added a two-bagger of his own, while Edwin Encarnacion, Carlos Santana and Giovanny Urshela each contributed a base hit in the winning effort for the Tribe. Carlos Carrasco was dominant in the win to improve to 18-6 this season, throwing 8.1 innings of six hit shutout baseball, striking out 14 en route to the victory. Trevor Bauer will start the opening game and is 16-9 with a 4.28 ERA and 189 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bauer is 5-2 with a 3.73 ERA and 82 strikeouts against the White Sox.
Chicago is 15-37 in their last 52 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 division matchups. Cleveland is 9-3 in Bauer’s last 12 starts and 40-18 in their last 58 home games while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 division matchups. Cleveland is 4-1 in Bauer’s last 5 starts against Chicago.
Pelfrey has seen lots of relief action lately, but his last start came on September 7th against these same Indians, an outing that saw Pelfrey allow seven runs in four innings of work. No thanks. Bauer, despite not getting the win in back-to-back starts, has had success in his career against the White Sox and a win could almost lock up home field throughout the ALCS for the Indians, so I’ll lay the juice with Cleveland here to draw first blood.