Cleveland Indians (64-50) at Chicago White Sox (41-73)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 11, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago White Sox +216 / Cleveland Indians -235 --- Over/Under: 9
Headed our way Saturday from Guaranteed Rate Field, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox will be continuing their MLB set.
In the Friday opener, we had a very tight game until the bottom of the ninth when the Sox’ Daniel Palka hit a solo homer for the walk-off.
For Saturday’s game, the Indians will be sending out RHP Trevor Bauer. In his 159.2 innings and 11-6 record this year, Bauer has a 2.25 ERA with 206 Ks and 56 BBs.
Francisco Lindor leads the Indians in hitting this year, as he entered this set with 138 hits, 99 runs, 29 homers and 74 RBI. In the opener, Lindor had one hit.
Over on the Sox’ side, they’re going with James Shields on Saturday. Over 150.0 innings and a 4-13 record this year, Shields has a 4.50 ERA with 118 Ks and 60 BBs.
Leading the way for the Sox hitters this year is Jose Abreu, who came into this series on 117 hits, 62 runs, 20 homers and 67 RBI. On Friday, Abreu registered a hit.
The Indians are 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games and 5-0 in Bauer’s last five starts. Cleveland is also 5-0 in Bauer’s last five starts versus the AL Central and 35-16 in his last 51 starts with four days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 19-40 in their last 59 in game two of a series and 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games. Chicago is also 1-9 in Shields’ last 10 Saturday starts and 1-4 in his last five starts with five days’ rest.
Aside from a little hiccup in Texas (four earned on nine hits in 4.0 innings), Bauer has been chugging along nicely—he’s got three straight quality starts with two combined earned runs in them. As for Shields, he had a good outing his last time up with two earned in 6.0 innings in Tampa. I can't think of a whole lot of reasons not to take Bauer and the Indians here, though.