Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Saturday June 1, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago White Sox +100 / Cleveland Indians -120
The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox meet in game three of their four game AL Central division series from Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB action on Saturday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to bounce back after dropping the first two games of the set, including a 6-1 loss in game two on Friday. Francisco Lindor’s home run was the lone RBI that the Indians would plate in the game, while Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers each went 2 for 4 and Jose Ramirez added a double. Mike Freeman, Jason Kipnis and Greg Allen each contributed base hits as well for the Tribe in the loss. Trevor Bauer took the loss, falling to 4-5 on the year after allowing six runs, two earned, on nine hits while striking out eight over seven innings of work. Jefry Rodriguez will start game three and is 1-5 with a 4.99 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. This will be Rodriguez’s second career start against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to win the set and push for a sweep on Sunday after taking game two on Friday. Charlie Tilson went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Yolmer Sanchez had two hits and an RBI and Jose Abreu added an RBI of his own in the win. Yoan Moncada and Yonder Alonso each had two hits while Leury Garcia and Seby Zavala each had base hits as well in the winning effort for Chicago. Dylan Covey got the win to improve to 1-4 on the year after allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Ivan Nova will start game three and is 3-4 with a 6.52 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nova is 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA and 25 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 1-4 in Rodriguez’s last 5 starts and 3-8 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Chicago is 5-1 in Nova’s last 6 starts and 4-0 in their last 4 home games while the under is 15-7 in their last 22 games against a right-handed starter. Cleveland is 27-12 in the last 39 meetings between these two teams.
If you had told me at this point in the year that the White Sox and the Indians would be tied in the AL Central standings at 28-29, I might’ve given you a funny look because I would’ve thought that the Indians have the better team. However, Chicago has taken it to the Tribe in the first two games of the set, and Cleveland hasn’t turned things around despite their series victory against the Red Sox. Sending Rodriguez to the mound might not help Cleveland here either, as he’s allowed 16 runs, 14 earned, in his last three starts, spanning just 15 innings of work. Nova’s ERA is inflated, but he’s allowed just one run in three of his last five starts, including a win over Cleveland just a couple of weeks ago. I’ll take a shot at Chicago and the even money here.