Cleveland Indians (35-31) at Chicago White Sox (24-42)
|Date & Time||Thursday June 14, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago White Sox +124 / Cleveland Indians -134 --- Over/Under: 9
The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox meet in the finale of their four game AL Central division set from Guaranteed Rate Field in MLB action on Thursday.
The Cleveland Indians will look to salvage a surprising series split after dropping game three by a final score of 3-2 on Wednesday. Yonder Alonso went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Edwin Encarnacion added a double of his own to round out the scoring for the Tribe in the losing effort. Michael Brantley went 3 for 5 while Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez each had two hits. Melky Cabrera, Jason Kipnis, Roberto Perez and Lonnie Chisenhall each added a base knock as well to cap off Cleveland’s offense in the loss. Trevor Bauer took the loss after giving up all three runs on four hits while striking out 12 over 7.2 innings of work. Mike Clevinger will start the finale and is 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. In his career, Clevinger is 1-2 with a 4.29 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to keep their momentum going and win the set after taking game three on Wednesday. Charlie Tilson, Kevan Smith and Trayce Thompson each had an RBI, with Tilson going 2 for 3 with a triple. Jose Abreu added a double as well to round out Chicago’s offense as the White Sox put up just four hits as a team in the win. Dylan Covey got the win to improve to 3-1 this season after giving up both runs on ten hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. Carlos Rodon will start the finale and is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. In his career, Rodon is 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 64 strikeouts against Cleveland.
Cleveland is 9-2 in Clevinger’s last 11 division starts and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 Thursday games. Chicago is 4-11 in their lat 15 division matchups and 1-4 in their last 5 game 4 matchups while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Cleveland is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Chicago.
I got burned with the Indians on Wednesday, and I’m tempted to try my hand at the plus money on Thursday given Rodon’s career success against Cleveland. However, there isn’t enough plus money on the table considering Rodon still has to get comfortable and back into the thick of things after just making his season debut in a losing effort last week. Clevinger has still be solid against the rest of the AL Central and we are getting a reasonable line to fade of of the worst teams in the AL so I’ll try my chances one more time and back Cleveland to salvage a split on Thursday.