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Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians - 5/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
Date & Time Thursday May 30, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago, IL
The Line
Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-120) / Chicago White Sox: 1.5 (+100)
TV Channel
Sportstime Ohio
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The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox meet in game one of a four game AL Central division set from Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB action on Thursday.

The Cleveland Indians will look to build some momentum after picking up a series win over Boston, taking Wednesday’s series finale by a final score of 14-9. Carlos Santana went 3 for 4 with a home run, a triple, a double and five RBIs while Jose Ramirez, Greg Allen and Kevin Plawecki each had two RBIs with Ramirez hitting a pair of doubles, Allen hitting a pair of triples and Plawecki adding a two-bagger of his own. Francisco Lindor and Jake Bauers each had an RBI with Bauers adding a double. Oscar Mercado went 3 for 6 while Jason Kipnis chipped in a base hit as well to cap off Cleveland’s offense as a team in the win. Shane Bieber got the win to improve to 4-2 on the year after allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out six over five innings of work. Carlos Carrasco will start game one and is 4-5 with a 4.60 ERA and 72 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 10-10 with a 3.67 ERA and 170 strikeouts against the White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox will look to build some steam after completing the sweep of the Kansas City Royals, taking Wednesday’s finale by a final score of 8-7. Jose Abreu had a home run and three RBIs while Yoan Moncada had a dinger and two RBIs. Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez and Charlie Tilson each had an RBI to finish off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win with Sanchez going 2 for 4 at the dish while Anderson had a double. Leury Garcia went 3 for 4 at the plate while James McCann doubled and Eloy Jimenez added a base knock to cap off Chicago’s offense as a team in the win. Reynaldo Lopez gave up five runs on 12 hits over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Kelvin Herrera got the win to improve to 2-3 while Alex Colome closed the 9th for his 11th save of the year. Manny Banuelos will start game one and is 2-4 with a 7.71 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. In his career, Banuelos is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Cleveland.

Cleveland is 35-16 in Carrasco’s last 51 division starts and 6-2 in their last 8 games against a left-handed starter while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 Thursday games. Chicago is 0-4 in Banuelos’ last 4 starts and 5-11 in their last 16 Thursday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 division games. Cleveland is 9-0 in Carrasco’s last 9 starts against Chicago and 5-0 in Carrasco’s last 5 road starts against the White Sox.

Carrasco is coming off of his worst start of the year in which he allowed six runs, five earned, in 6.1 innings of work, so I was thinking about the plus money given how Chicago has played at home lately. However, the White Sox let KC get back into the finale and Banuelos has done nothing but get shelled in his last four starts, allowing 24 runs in 15 innings of work, including 10 runs in 8.1 innings against Cleveland this season. Carrasco has tossed 12 shutout innings against the White Sox this season and I think that the series win over Boston may get Cleveland’s momentum going heading into this series, so I’ll back Cleveland for the win on Thursday, and to get rid of some of the heavy juice, I’ll back Cleveland on the RL as I see the Tribe getting to Banuelos again.

Cleveland Indians: -1.5 (-120)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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