The Cleveland Indians took care of business against the White Sox again last night, as they jumped ahead 4-1 early on Tuesday night. The Indians added a couple more runs, and the White Sox didn’t recover. The Sox took another loss on the season, falling to 24-48 and 15 games back of the Indians in 1st place.
The good news is that there is a team actually worse than them in the AL Central. The Royals are dead last with a record of 22-51. While there are teams battling for 1st place and the postseason, the White Sox and Royals are trying to avoid finishing last. The MLB draft is the biggest crapshoot out of them all, so tanking doesn’t have the same benefit it does than in other leagues.
Cleveland have some loftier goals on their mind. Everyone is waiting for them to go on a big run, but when it looks like they’re about to, they hit a snag and don’t get anywhere. Nevertheless, the Indians still maintain a 4-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central. I don’t see much changing throughout the year. The Twins were supposed to be the team to play spoiler in the division, but they’ve been nothing but a disappointment.
It’s the Indians division. If they go on a big run, 4 games is going to seem like nothing. Series against the White Sox are the type they have to go for the sweep. Beating up on the bad teams will add up at the end of the season. The Tribe will get ace Corey Kluber on Wednesday, so it’s going to be awfully difficult for the White Sox to find a win this afternoon. Head below for our free White Sox vs. Indians pick for Wednesday afternoon in MLB.
Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians Pick
Reynaldo Lopez (2-4, 3.35 ERA) vs. Corey Kluber (10-3, 2.24 ERA)
Kluber is not coming off his best outing for the Indians. I had money in that game, and he was never able to find a groove, which is an outlier start for him. Kluber is typically sharp, especially at home, but that was a rare misstep for him against the Twins. It hurts his Cy Young resume a bit, as he hopes to keep up with Justin Verlander in the American League race. He enters with an ERA of 2.24, with an impressive 1.80 ERA in Cleveland. His last outing was the first time he allowed more than 3 runs per start at home. The White Sox were in Cleveland a few weeks ago and Kluber slammed them shut. He gave up just 3 hits and no runs.
Conversely, Reynaldo Lopez is coming off a rough one against the Indians. He allowed 7 runs and 8 hits in 2.2 innings. This is in fact a rematch of that meeting, as Lopez and Kluber will meet again. Lopez must have learned a thing or two from that experience, because he’s come back strong, allowing just 4 runs in three starts combined.
It includes 19.1 innings of work and an ERA of 1.86 in his last three outings. I expect him to look better in his rematch against the Indians. Is he going to be able to put up enough resistance to hold back Kluber? Probably not. Kluber is coming off a tough appearance and should return to form on Wednesday. The UNDER is 9-1 in the White Sox last ten matchups. Conversely, the UNDER is 7-3 in the Indians last ten. More than that, the UNDER has gone 5-0 in their last five meetings, with an average of 6 runs scored in total.