Chicago White Sox (34-21) at Cleveland Indians (31-24)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6:10 pm (Progressive Field)
Dallas Keuchel (6-2) (2.04) vs. Zach Plesac (4-2) (1.85)
The Line: Cleveland Indians -127 / Chicago White Sox +117 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet Thursday in MLB action from Progressive Field.
This will be the final edition of a four-game series between the White Sox and Indians this week. Cleveland took the first two games, 7-4 Monday and 5-3 on Tuesday. In the Wednesday matchup, the Indians kept it going with a tense 3-2 walk-off victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The White Sox were out-hit 5-4 in a heavily defensive (and three-error) game Wednesday. Edwin Encarnacion finished with one hit and one RBI with one walk on a tepid offensive evening. Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito went 6.0 innings with two earned, four hits, three walks and 11 strikeouts.
For the Thursday game, the White Sox will send out Dallas Keuchel. In his 10 starts this season, Keuchel is 6-2 with a 2.04 ERA and 39 Ks in 57.1 innings of work. Across his MLB career, Keuchel is 90-73 with a 3.60 ERA and 1075 Ks in 1359.1 innings.
Over on the Indians’ side, starting pitcher Shane Bieber had a great outing Wednesday with 5.0 innings, two hits, one run (no earned, three walks and 10 strikeouts. Carlos Santana led the offense with a solo homer and two hits.
For the starting pitcher role in Thursday’s matchup, Cleveland is sending out Zach Plesac. In his seven starts this season, Plesac is 4-2 with a 1.85 ERA and 50 Ks in 48.2 innings. Over his MLB career, Plesac is 12-8 with a 3.23 ERA and 138 Ks in 164.1 innings.
The White Sox are 5-1 in their last six during game four of a series and 4-1 in the last five Thursday games. Chicago is 40-86 in their last 126 road games versus a team with a winning record and the under is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games on grass.
Meanwhile, the Indians are 62-29 in their last 91 Thursday games and 19-9 in their last 28 games as a home favorite. Cleveland is 71-34 in their last 105 games as a favorite and the over is 6-2-1 in their last nine during game four of a series.
Pick: I’m going Indians here, but probably staying away. It should be a close game, and the staring pitching matchup is a great one. Plesac has had a great season, and is in line to start Game 2 of the Wild Card Series after Shane Bieber. As for Keuchel, he looked good coming off the injured list on September 19 in his last start, giving up four hits in four frames with seven strikeouts. Keuchel and Plesac should be able to keep this one tight initially, and it’ll probably come down to a few late hits. Should be a fun game.