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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Wednesday April 3, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians -200 / Chicago White Sox +185 -- O/U:
TV Channel
SportsTime Ohio
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The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet in the finale of their mini two-game AL Central division set from Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back after a 5-3 loss in game one on Monday. Ryan Cordell led the White Sox with two RBIs on a pinch-hit home run while Yoan Moncada added a double and an RBI as well. Welington Castillo added a base hit of his own as Chicago cranked out just three hits as a team in the losing effort. Ivan Nova went seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Dylan Covey ended up with the loss and the blown save, falling to 0-1 in the process. Carlos Rodon will start game two and is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA and 6 strikeouts this season. In his career, Rodon is 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA and 79 strikeouts against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to complete the two game sweep after taking game one on Monday. Carlos Santana, Max Moroff, Roberto Perez and Greg Allen each had an RBI while Jose Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a double. Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers each added a two-bagger as well, while Hanley Ramirez and Tyler Naquin each chipped in a base hit as well. Mike Clevinger threw seven one hit shutout innings, walking three and striking out 12, not factoring in the decision. Oliver Perez received a blown save while Jon Edwards got the win to improve to 2-0 and Brad Hand picked up his 2nd save of the season. Corey Kluber will start game two and is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kluber is 13-4 with a 2.80 ERA and 184 strikeouts against the White Sox.

Chicago is 0-4 in Rodon’s last 4 starts and 1-7 in their last 8 road games while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games overall. Cleveland is 27-8 in Kluber’s last 35 division starts and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Cleveland is 10-1 in Kluber’s last 11 starts against the White Sox and 5-1 in Kluber’s last 6 home starts against the White Sox.

I thought that Chicago would be a bit stronger out of the gate, but the fact is that this is still a young team and the White Sox, while talented on the surface, are having trouble keeping the runs off of the board. Cleveland got out of the blocks slow in their own right, but the Indians are still the better and more experienced team here with a starter in Kluber who has owned the White Sox for the most part in his career. I’ll side with the Tribe to complete the sweep and to get rid of some of the juice, I’ll side with Cleveland on the RL.

Pick:
Cleveland -1.5

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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