Cleveland Indians (4-8) at Chicago White Sox (5-7)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 22, 2015, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago White Sox +108 / Cleveland Indians -118 --- Over/Under: 7.5
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The Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox play their rubber game Wednesday afternoon.
The Cleveland Indians could use a win after splitting their last six games. The Indians have allowed just six runs in this series but four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Indians have lost six straight games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Jason Kipnis leads Cleveland with 12 hits and four RBI while Carlos Santana and Ryan Raburn have combined for 15 RBI. The Cleveland Indians need a feel good win after getting off to such a slow start this season. Corey Kluber gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 2.49 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Kluber is 4-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The White Sox pitching staff has allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their first 13 games. The White Sox have lost eight of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Melky Cabrera leads Chicago with 15 hits and three RBI while Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche have combined for 17 RBI. The Chicago White Sox are another team that started off slow and would love this series victory. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.29 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Samardzija’s first career game against the Indians.
The Indians are 11-3 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series and 25-10 in Klubers last 35 starts as a favorite. The White Sox are 4-10 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Indians are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Chicago.
The Indians have the huge advantage herewith Kluber on the mound, especially when he's beat up the White Sox throughout his career. The White Sox and the plus money is sweet but I have to side with the better pitcher in a short turnaround game.