Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox MLB Betting Predictions

Indians vs White Sox MLB
Indians vs White Sox MLB Betting Predictions

In an early season battle for dominance in the A.L. Central the Cleveland Indians send RHP Shane Bieber out to face the White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito.

Indians vs White Sox Betting Odds

The first place Indians and RHP Shane Bieber look to bounce back after they suffered a disappointing loss to the AL Central 4th place White Sox Monday on Chicago’s south side. Cleveland lost the game on a throwing error by first baseman Yu Chang who hit a base-runner in the back on an easy play and the win lifted the Sox to third place in the American League Central. Losses like this one (on a walk off error) can sting so look for Cleveland and vetean Manager Terry Francona to emphasize defense tonight as his squad tries to hang on to a first place tie with the Twins.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 and the game time wind chill is expected to be in the upper 30s (brrrr…) which means cold hands, cold bats and likely low scoring. If you are looking to play this game with an online sports betting site in New Jersey, I like both the Sox [Under 7 Betonline] and I like the Indians and the moneyline at [-110 888sports].

There is more that I like about the Indians today than just an extra motivation to stay in first place. The Indians staff has a 2.83 ERA and with the cold weather expected at Guarantee Rate Field, Chicago, who historically scores fewer runs in cold weather during home games early in the season could (and likely will) struggle at the plate.

Sox manager Tony La Russa sends veteran RHP Lucas Giolito to the bump. He has an ERA of 4.22 in 2 starts this season and “Gio” has a 1-0 record. Sox catcher Yermin Mercedes has cooled off (or come back down to earth) after starting the season with 15 hits in the Sox first five games. He singled last night going 1-4 and his BA is now .500. Mercedes has just one hit in his last 2 games.

The Sox could struggle big time against Bieber, he has a 3.65 ERA this season and has only given up one walk in 12 1/3 innings pitched and has a phenomenal 12-6 curve and a nice complimentary running fastball that should keep the young free swinging Sox hitters confused at the dish.

As for the Cleveland offense, the Indians have a team .734 OPS and DH Franmil Reyes has started 2021 hot with a 1.111 OPS and 9 hits with 4 HR in his last 7 games. The Indians have banged out 14 doubles so far in 2021 and contact at the plate could be a big factor tonight in the cold. Divisional games, especially early in the season, can be real chess matches and cra La Russa and Francona aren’t going to want to let the other get an early upper hand on the season – another reason I think this one will come in [under 7 Fanduel].

Cleveland Chicago
888Sport
-110 -110
FanDuel
-108 -108
Borgata
-110 -110

My Prediction

 Cleveland [888sport moneyline -110]. I like the Indians to win in a needed bounce back divisional battle

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