Cleveland seems to be turning things around heading into September 21st White Sox at Indians betting. The Tribe had endured a devastating 8 game losing streak that has put them 5GB of Chicago in the Central, but have rebounded to win 3 of their last 4. The weekend series was against 22-30 Detroit though, so is Cleveland out of the woods just yet?
The White Sox remain hot winning 7 of their last 10 games but just dropped two of three to the Reds over the weekend. Oddsmakers are calling Monday night’s series opener a close one, listing Chicago at -115 and Cleveland -105. This meeting also looks to be a pitcher’s duel with a betting total of just 7.5.
Dunning Makes First Start vs. Cleveland
The future looks bright for the White Sox as Dane Dunning (2-0, 2.33 ERA) is the latest young arm that has risen in the Chicago rotation. The right-hander makes his first start against Cleveland in the September 21st White Sox at Indians betting matchup. Dunning has allowed 1ER or less in 3 of his last 4 starts and completed 7.0 IP while allowing just 3 hits last Tuesday against the Twins.
Chicago is atop the AL Central but have some demons to squash vs. Cleveland after losing four of the six meetings between the two this season. The White Sox had their share of struggles at Cincinnati over the weekend, plating just 9 runs total in losing two of three to the Reds – low for a team averaging 5.21 runs/game.
Indians With a Great Opportunity This Series
Cleveland begins the final week of the season with a 4-game set against division leading Chicago with a great chance of narrowing the current 5-game deficit. Cleveland is going to the postseason with a 29-24 record, but would love to finish the regular season strong, especially after a recent 8-game losing streak.
The Indians had a nice weekend winning three of four, but that also came against the Tigers. Cleveland had lost three to the Royals, three to the Twins, and two to the Cubs prior to the visit to Detroit. The Minnesota and Cubs series’ were on the road, but the Indians lost three straight to Kansas City at Progressive Field and all as -200 or greater favorites.
Cleveland will turn to Aaron Civale (3-5, 3.80 ERA) making his third start of the season against Chicago. The right-hander has allowed 2 ER and 1 ER in 6.0 and 7.0 IP against the South Siders this season, but the latest start was way back on August 7th. Civale allowed 4ER in 6.0 IP against Kansas City in his last home start and is just 1-2 with a 4.13 ERA in four starts in Cleveland this season.
September 21st White Sox at Indians Betting Free Pick
Has Cleveland turned things around or is their successful weekend just a result of playing the Tigers, who have dropped 7 of their last 10? The White Sox are on the road for their second straight series, but are also an impressive 17-9 away from Guaranteed Rate Field on the year. Indians batters have never faced Dunning, while the White Sox have a decent .271 team BA vs. Civale.
Free Pick: White Sox -115