Cleveland Indians (12-12) at Chicago White Sox (14-11)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
Zach Plesac (1-3) (5.81) vs. Lucas Giolito (1-2) (5.68)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -164 / Cleveland Indians +151 --- Over/Under: 7.5 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 fro Guaranteed Rate Field on Sunday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to rebound from a 7-3 loss to the White Sox in Saturday’s matchup. Franmil Reyes leads the Tribe with a .279 batting average and 18 RBIs while sharing the team lead in home runs with Jose Ramirez as both have 7 home runs and 24 hits with Ramirez also adding a .337 OBP. Reyes also has a pair of triples while Josh Naylor has a team-high 8 doubles. Zach Plesac is expected to get the start here and is 1-3 with a 5.81 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. In his career, Plesac is 1-4 with a 5.40 ERA and 40 strikeouts against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will try to build on their win over the Indians in their last matchup. Yermin Mercedes leads the White Sox with team-high marks of .395 in batting average with 5 home runs, 34 hits and a .435 OBP while Jose Abreu also has 5 home runs with 19 RBIs this season. Luis Robert also has a team-high 9 doubles while Nick Madrigal has a pair of triples as well this season. Lucas Giolito is expected to start here and is 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. In his career, Giolito is 2-2 with a 2.26 ERA and 57 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 16-37 in their last 53 games as a road underdog while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 division games. Chicago is 24-9 in their last 33 home games and 40-18 in their last 58 games as a favorite while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 game three matchups. Cleveland is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
The Indians and White Sox are known more so for playing lower-scoring games whenever they share the field. However, neither Plesac nor Giolito have been anything to write home about this season, as both have ERAs just under six and Giolito’s allowed 11 earned runs in just last 7.2 innings alone. I think the bats come alive on Sunday once again and we see a high-scoring affair with some shaky starting pitching, so give me the over here.