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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Monday April 1, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Progressive Field
Cleveland, Ohio
The Line
The Line: Chicago White Sox +150 / Cleveland Indians -172 -- Over/Under: 7.5
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The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians meet Monday in MLB action at Progressive Field.

The Chicago White Sox look to get back to a .500 record after losing two of three to the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox pitching staff has allowed 15 earned runs and 21 hits in 25 innings and that’s simply not going to get it done. The Chicago White Sox have lost 23 of their last 27 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Yoan Moncada leads the White Sox with six hits and three RBI while Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson have combined for eight hits and five RBI. Ivan Nova gets the ball, and he was 9-9 with a 4.19 ERA and 114 strikeouts last season. Nova is 2-1 with a 4.67 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Indians.

The Cleveland Indians look to get back to a .500 record after losing two of three to the Minnesota Twins. The Indians produced a combined five runs in their first three games, but maybe some homecoming will wake up the bats. The Indians have already struck out 39 times and are hitting .133 as a team. The Cleveland Indians have scored three or less runs in five of their last seven regular season games. Carlos Santana leads the Indians with five hits and three RBI while Brad Miller and Hanley Ramirez have combined for four hits and one RBI. Mike Clevinger gets the ball, and he was 13-8 with a 3.02 ERA and 207 strikeouts last season. Clevinger is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.

The White Sox are 17-35 in their last 52 during game 1 of a series, 5-12 in their last 17 Monday games and 3-14 in their last 17 vs. American League Central. The Indians are 81-36 in their last 117 vs. American League Central, 6-1 in Clevinger's last 7 home starts and 8-3 in Clevinger's last 11 starts. The White Sox are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in Cleveland and 17-37 in the last 54 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Clevinger's last 4 starts overall. The over is 3-1-1 in White Sox last 5 overall.

Nova is one of those pitchers who had the tools to be good but was never able to put it all together, as he's had an ERA over four in each of the last six years and is coming off a season with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he allowed a batting average of .268. Clevinger doesn't give up anything easy and the Indians have won eight of their last 10 regular season games with him on the mound. The Cleveland Indians offense is also too talented to be held down for long. The Indians should be able to win their home opener against a pitcher who isn't anything special. 

Cleveland Indians -172

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