Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 9)
- Cleveland’s ace looks to propel Indians to series win
- White Sox fireballer hopes to officially be back on track
- Indians bats may finally be awake
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Indians vs White Sox Odds
|Team||Run spread||Total||Money Line|
|Cleveland Indians||-1 -106||O 7.5 -110||-129|
|Chicago White Sox||+1 -115||U 7.5 -110||+115|
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Indians vs White Sox Predictions and Picks
Shane Bieber is on the mound and much like the Indians, we’re undefeated when backing him. The Indians have gone under in nine of their past 10 games and only four times all season have the Indians been in a game when eight or more total runs are scored.
Record through 8/8/2020 (9-9-1)
The under is 9-1 in Cleveland’s last 10 games.
The White Sox are 4-2 straight up in their last six vs. Cleveland.
The under is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these teams.
Cleveland averages 3.38 runs per game (No. 28 in MLB).
Cleveland gives up 2.06 runs per game this season (No. 1 in MLB).
White Sox average 4.33 runs per game this season (No. 17 in MLB).
The White Sox are surrendering 4.46 runs per game this season (No. 20 in MLB).
How to watch Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox
|Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox Event Information|
|What||Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox|
|Where||Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL|
|When||Sunday, August 9, 2020, 7:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
The Indians pitching staff has been downright dominant to start the 2020 season. The Tribe is 9-7 entering Sunday’s primetime showdown against the White Sox and in their seven losses, they’ve surrendered 22 total runs. They’ve given up more than three runs in a game just twice (!) through 16 contests – a 4-1 loss to the Twins and 4-0 loss to the White Sox– and have allowed just five total runs in their past five contests.
And even with all of their dominant pitchers, the one who’s shone the brightest through two weeks of play is Shane Bieber. Bieber is a perfect 3-0 in his starts to go a long with a microscopic 0.83 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. He went 7.2 innings in his most recent start, giving up two runs and five hits while striking out eight.
His 35 strikeouts in his first three starts are the third-most in the modern era, behind Nolan Ryan (37 in 1973) and Gerrit Cole (36 in 2019). In non-Bieber starts, the Indians are 6-7. When he pitches, they’re undefeated. That’s a good feeling for Cleveland entering the contest.
Are the Bats Awake?
Cleveland has lost five games already this season when its pitching staff has held the opponent to three runs or fewer – the most of any team in the majors.
Entering play on Saturday, Cleveland had by far the worst team batting average in the majors, hitting .189 as a whole, a full 14 points behind the next lowest team (Tampa Bay).
However, there are a few signs the offense is starting to perk up. They had an explosive 10-run inning against Cincinnati on Thursday and scored seven runs in a victory against the White Sox on Saturday (thanks to a six run fourth inning), which was just the third time all season they scored more than five runs this year.
But the Indians need more than two big innings to prove their offense is back on track.
Be Careful What You Wish For
If you want to be the best, you have to face – and beat – the best. That’s what Lucas Giolito wants and it’s the next step for him as he continues his journey from reliable arm to a true, front-of-the-rotation guy.
Giolito has had to face Jose Berrios, Zach Plesac and Brandon Woodruff in his first three starts – two of three who got the ball on Opening Day. Now he faces his third Opening Day starter in four appearances and will certainly need to be at his best if he hopes to out-duel Bieber.
Giolito has up and down this season, but certainly trending in the right direction. He gave up four runs in his first inning this season, including a solo shot to the first batter of the year, before finishing with seven earned runs in 3.2 innings.
In his past two starts, he’s gone 12 total innings, giving up just two runs and 13 baserunners while striking out 15. He threw 103 pitches in his last start so his arm seems to be at full go as we’re now more than 1/4th of the way into the season.
South Siders Cooled Off
The White Sox lead the majors with a .268 team batting average, but the bats haven’t exactly been scorching since their six-game winning streak was snapped earlier this week. Chicago’s south side squad is just 1-3 in its past four contests, scoring three or fewer in each game and just six runs total during that stretch.
During the winning streak, the White Sox averaged six runs per game.
Still, their OBP (.330), slugging (.424) OPS (.753), runs (65), home runs (18) and doubles (22) entering play on Saturday all ranked in the top 10 in the majors, implying they’re due to get the offense back on track after a few slow days at the plate.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.