Chicago White Sox (1-3) at Cleveland Indians (3-1)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Lucas Giolito (0-1) (17.18) vs. Zach Plesac (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -110 / Chicago White Sox -110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet Wednesday in MLB action from Progressive Field.
This will be the final matchup of a three-game set between these teams following a doubleheader on Tuesday. In game one of that set, the Indians eked out a 4-3 win. In the nightcap, Cleveland did it again with a 5-3 victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The White Sox got a few good offensive efforts in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Tim Anderson was a standout with a solo homer, three hits and three runs. Trouble was, Chicago left 24 men on base during that outing. In game two, Jose Abreu was the big offensive contributor on three hits, a homer and two runs.
For the Wednesday game, the White Sox will send out RHP Lucas Giolito in the start. Last year he went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and 228 strikeouts in 176.2 innings of work. Giolito’s first start of 2020 didn’t go so well, however. He’s 0-1 with a 17.18 ERA, a 2.45 WHIP and three Ks in 3.2 innings.
Over on the Indians’ side, they scored all four of their runs in the first three innings during Tuesday’s game one win, and were able to hold on. Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer in that game, and Bradley Zimmer added a solo shot with two RBI and two hits. In the evening game, Cleveland got a big two-run homer from Carlos Santana in the first inning to set the pace on the way to the win.
In the Wednesday start, Cleveland will send out Zach Plesac to start. In 2019, Plesac finished at 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 115.2 innings. He won the fifth starter role during the last week of summer camp, beating out Adam Plutko for the spot.
The White Sox are 5-2 in their last seven games as a road favorite and 8-17 in their last 25 in game three of a series. Chicago is 7-17 in their last 24 road games versus a right-handed starter and the under is 4-0-1 in their last five games as a favorite.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 7-2 in their last nine in game three of a series. Cleveland is 40-15 in their last 55 versus the American League Central and 2-6 in their last eight overall.
Pick: I’m going to stick with the Indians. Granted, Giolito should settle down and won’t be as bad as he was in his 2020 debut. I don’t expect a ton of runs in the early innings unless something goes haywire.
Plesac should be able to cobble together some solid innings for the Indians as well. He’s not necessarily an overwhelming power pitcher but does keep his ERA tame when he’s on. Plesac should get things started well enough for the Cleveland offense to carry it the rest of the way.