According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Indians are heavily favored, as they are getting odds of -280 to win. The White Sox are listed with a money line of +230 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 7.5 runs.
The pitching matchup tonight has Corey Kluber (14-4, 2.56 ERA) on the mound to face Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.15) of the White Sox. Kluber has been cruising along this season. He went eight innings of 1-run ball against the Tigers in his last start. Kluber has 222 strikeouts with 33 walks this season. Rodon hasn’t been pitching deep into games lately, going just four innings in his last start against Tampa and five in his start prior to that vs. the Tigers. Rodon has 76 strikeouts this season with 31 walks and a 1.37 WHIP.
Cleveland has won the first three games of this series with relative ease. They picked up a 5-3 win on Monday, a 9-4 win on Tuesday and a 5-1 win on Wednesday. Cleveland is now 83-56 overall and 47-27 on the road. Chicago is 54-84 overall and 32-38 at home.
Wednesday saw Carlos Carrasco pitch a complete-game victory, allowing just one run and three hits with nine strikeouts. It was his 14th win of the season. Carlos Santana had his 23rd home run of the season and drove in two runs to lead the Indians at the plate. He now has 75 RBI this year.
Pitching has been pretty strong for Cleveland during this win streak and this series and that should be the case again tonight. Kluber has a 2.95 ERA against the White Sox this season, spanning three starts. He should be able to improve on that today with Chicago not having anything to play for. The odds are big though, so I suggest playing the run line of -1.5 for Cleveland, which carries only a -165 wager. Cleveland has six multi-run wins over Chicago since June. The White Sox aren’t putting up much of a fight and Rodon hasn’t been able to shutdown anyone lately.
MLB Predictions – Cleveland Indians -1.5 (-165)