The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians meet for game one of their pivotal American League Central series in Chicago on Tuesday. The White Sox are -130 favorites over the Indians with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Chicago White Sox have once again played their way into the American League Central race and they will be looking to avoid moving backwards which they have done every time this season they have managed to even their overall record at .500. The White Sox have won two games in a row, are 8-2 in their last 10 games, and have struggled at home going 26-33. As a team Chicago is hitting .253 led by Paul Konerko at .311, A.J. Pierzynski at .296, and Juan Pierre at .284. As a team the White Sox pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.79 with the starters at 3.88 and the bullpen at 3.58. For game one against the Indians Chicago starts Gavin Floyd who has won four of his last five starts and who is 2-0 against the Indians this season. Overall for the year Floyd has allowed 140 hits and 72 earned runs while striking out 102 in 143 innings of work.
The Cleveland Indians are far from done in the American League Central and they are right on the heels of the division leading Tigers. The Indians have won two games in a row, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and 27-32 on the road this season. As a team Cleveland is hitting .248 led by Asdrubal Cabrera at .292, Travis Hafner at .293, and Michael Brantley at .270. As a team the Indians pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.90 with the starters at 4.17 and the bullpen at 3.33. For game one against Chicago Cleveland starts newly acquired Ubaldo Jimenez who the Indians traded for at the trade deadline. In his two starts since being traded to the Indians Jimenez has allowed 12 hits and five earned runs while striking out 13 in 13 innings of work.
Chicago is 6-1 in their last seven against the A.L. Central, 2-7 in their last nine home games, and 1-4 in Floyd’s last five home starts. Cleveland is 4-1 in their last five games overall, 1-4 in their last five road games against a right handed starter, and 2-9 in their last 11 road games against a team with a losing home record. Chicago is 12-2 in the last 14 meetings of these two.
We’ll see plenty of free swinging and it doesn’t matter who is pitching, it’s bombs away here. Take the over 8 herer.