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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox - 5/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians
Date & Time Thursday May 9, 2019, 1:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Progressive Field
Cleveland, OH
The Line
Cleveland Indians -219 / Chicago White Sox +200 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
SportsTime Ohio, WGN
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The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet in the finale of their four game AL Central division set from Progressive Field in MLB action on Thursday afternoon.

The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound and win the set after dropping game three on Wednesday by a final score of 5-3. Ryan Cordell had two RBIs while Jose Abreu launched a solo home run to round out Chicago’s scoring as a team in the losing effort. Charlie Tilson went 2 for 4 while Tim Anderson, Welington Castillo, Yoan Moncada, Nicky Delmonico and Yonder Alonso each had base hits as well in the defeat. Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs on nine hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Jace Fry ended up with the loss, dropping his record to 1-1 on the year. Manny Banuelos will start game four and is 2-1 with a 5.96 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. This will be Banuelos’ first career start against Cleveland.

The Cleveland Indians will look to battle back for a series split after taking game three on Wednesday. Jose Ramirez and Tyler Naquin each had two hits and two RBIs with Ramirez going 2 for 5 with a home run. Leonys Martin went 2 for 4 with an RBI to finish off Cleveland’s scoring while Carlos Gonzalez and Jake Bauers also had two hits in the victory. Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana each had base hits as well in the winning effort for the Tribe. Shane Bieber gave up all three runs on eight hits, striking out six, but not factoring in the decision. Brad Hand picked up the win in relief to improve his record to 2-1 on the year. Carlos Carrasco will start game four and is 2-3 with a 5.60 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. In his career, Carrasco is 8-10 with a 3.98 ERA and 158 strikeouts against the White Sox.

Chicago is 3-7 in their last 10 game four matchups and 3-10 in their last 13 Thursday games while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games against a right-handed starter. Cleveland is 37-18 in Carrasco’s last 55 division starts and 1-5 in their last 6 division games while the over is 39-18-2 in Carrasco’s last 59 home starts. Cleveland is 7-0 in Carrasco’s last 7 starts against Chicago and 4-1 in Carrasco’s last 5 home starts against the White Sox.

My first instinct was to side with Cleveland for the split because of the fact that they’re the better team and have some momentum after Wednesday’s win combined with their dominace against Chicago with Carrasco on the bump. However, I’m not about to lay this kind of price with Carrasco who has been roughed up in his last couple of outings, and I’m hesitant to back Banuelos after getting shelled in his last turn. Carrasco has allowed four runs in each of his last two starts while Banuelos just allowed nine earned runs in 2.2 innings. Add in the quick turnaround with this game being in the afternoon and I think this is a good spot to side with the over.

Pick:
Over 8.5

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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