Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox – MLB April 14

8:10 p.m. ET – Indians at White Sox (-115) O/U: 7.5

The 6-4 Indians stay on the South side of Chicago for the third contest in a four-game set against the American League Central Division rival White Sox (5-6). The two teams split the first two games, with Cleveland picking up a 2-0 win on Tuesday night in 10 innings.

It was a great duel between reigning American League Cy Young award winner Shane Bieber for the Indians and one of this year’s preseason Cy Young favorites in Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.

About the Indians

Cleveland Indians LogoMany thought the Indians were mailing it in after trading away their star shortstop Francisco Lindor to the Mets this offseason and losing Carlos Carrasco, Carlos Santana and Brad Hand. But here they are proving the doubters wrong yet again, at least for now. Cleveland has allowed the second fewest runs in the majors.

Surrendering the slim total of 26 runs over the first 10 games of the season. The Mets rank first, allowing only 25, but in three fewer games. The Indians have scored the sixth-fewest runs in the majors, with 42, but rank sixth in run differential at plus-16. This Cleveland team does not have a lot of offensive firepower in the lineup, but they are capable of shutting down any team on any given day.

About the White Sox

White Sox LogoThe preseason favorite to win the American League Central has gotten off to a slower start than White Sox fans would have liked, but expectations remain high for this team. Chicago is led by 2020 American League MVP first baseman Jose Abreu. He’s off to a shaky start this season, batting only .209 in the early going.

While other key pieces like Yooan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal are batting below .200. A pleasant surprise for White Sox fans everywhere has been the emergence of catcher Yermin Mercedes, who is batting .485 in 33 at bats this season with two home runs and seven RBI. It will not be long before the rest of Chicago’s lineup heats up, and when that happens, this team is going to remind everyone why they were a trendy preseason pick to win the World Series.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Cleveland Indians +1½ (-210) -105 O 7½ (+100)
Chicago White Sox -1½ (+175) -115 U 7½ (-120)

The Pitching Matchup

Toeing the rubber Wednesday night for Cleveland will be right-hander Zach Plesac, who was outstanding in his two first starts, allowing only two runs over 13 innings of work while recording 10 strikeouts. The White Sox are giving the ball to left-hander Carlos Rodon, who appears to finally be healthy after his long recovery from Tommy John surgery. Rodon has allowed only 14 hits in 67 at bats in his career against Cleveland, holding the Indians to a .209 collective batting average against him. Rodon picked up his first win since 2019 in his last start  against Seattle and appears to be gaining confidence in himself once again.

What’s the Bet?
Last night two dominant arms brought the game into extra innings at 0-0, and tonight we can expect more of the same. Although the game went into extra innings last night, Bieber went nine innings and Giolito went seven, so both bullpens should be fresh when called upon. Leading us to the best bet: Take the Under 7.5 runs in a game featuring two dominant starting pitchers and an Indians lineup that simply cannot score runs. Avoid a side in this one because either one of these starting pitchers can throw seven shutout innings. Take the under, then sit back and watch another pitchers’ duel on the South side of Chicago.
The Bet
UNDER 7½ Runs

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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Joe Menzer / Author

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