Cleveland Indians (6-4) at Chicago White Sox (5-6)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
Aaron Civale (2-0) (2.45) vs. Lance Lynn (1-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -129 / Cleveland Indians +119 --- Over/Under: 8 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to come alive offensively after being the victims of the 2nd no-hitter in the majors this season, ending up on the wrong end of an 8-0 loss to the White Sox last time out. Roberto Perez was the lone Cleveland baserunner after being hit by a pitch in the 9th, but other than that the basepaths were left untouched by Cleveland, as Jordan Luplow and Yu Chang each had a pair of strikeouts and totalled 7 strikeouts as a team in the losing effort. Zach Plesac took the loss, falling to 1-2 after allowing six runs on seven hits in less than an inning of work. Aaron Civale will start here and is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. In his career, Civale is 3-2 with a 3.95 ERA and 28 strikeouts against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to carry over the mojo after the no-hitter on Wednesday. Yermin Mercedes led the way, going 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Yoan Moncada had two RBIs. Luis Robert and Leury Garcia each had a double and an RBI and Nick Madrigal went 3 for 4 at the dish with an RBI as well to cap off the scoring for the White Sox in the win. Andrew Vaughn also added a double while Adam Eaton chipped in a base hit of his own to make up the offense for the White Sox in the victory. Carlos Rodon was one HBP away from a perfect game, striking out seven and throwing 114 pitches in the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. Lance Lynn will start here and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lynn is 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 31 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall and 63-30 in their last 93 Thursday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games against a right-handed starter. Chicago is 16-5 in their last 21 games as a home favorite and 7-15 in their last 22 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite. The under is 39-19-3 in the last 61 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
I think you could make the case either way here as Cleveland is bound to wake up after being no-hit while the White Sox looked really good and Cleveland isn’t the most reliable offense to begin with. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. Lance Lynn is once again lights out to start the year and Aaron Civale’s looked pretty good early on in his own right. I think a pitcher’s duel is brewing here. Under all the way.