Saturday, June 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Danny Salazar
The Chicago White Sox head to Progressive Field on Saturday to take on the Cleveland Indians. The probable pitchers are James Shields for the White Sox and Danny Salazar for the Indians. The opening line for this game has Chicago at +186 and Cleveland at -201. The over/under is 8.5. The White Sox have a 30-33-3 over/under mark and a 30-36-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Indians are 31-34-0 against the run line and have a 33-26-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
The White Sox head into this game with a 33-33 record, and they are 16-16 on the road. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 2-8 record with an ERA of 5.45 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 60 strikeouts during his 74.1 innings pitched and he has given up 86 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.17. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.43 and they have allowed 180 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the pen while they've been struck out 172 times and walked 88 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.82 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.74 hitters per nine. They are 9th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.90. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 581 base hits and 257 earned runs. They have allowed 66 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 218 batters and struck out 510. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.06.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .245, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .250 average on the road. The White Sox have a .387 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .315 which is good for 20th in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.32 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .276 and his on-base percentage is at .363. He has 71 hits this season along with 28 runs scored and 22 runs batted in. He's struck out 41 times and has walked 27 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .287 and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 68 hits so far while scoring 30 runs and he's driven in 31. He has walked 22 times and has struck out 27 times. The White Sox have 548 hits, including 105 doubles and 60 home runs. They've stolen 26 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Chicago has walked 209 times this season and they've struck out 525 times as a unit. They've left 458 men on base and have a team OPS of .701. They score 4.14 runs per contest and have scored a total of 273 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this game with a 17-12 home mark and a 35-30 overall record. With an ERA of 2.19, Danny Salazar has a 7-3 record and a 1.14 WHIP. He has 89 strikeouts over the 74 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 47 hits. He has allowed 5.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.15. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.46 and they have given up 163 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 180 times and walking 76 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.24 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.34 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 534 base knocks and 246 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 75 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 181 hitters and struck out 540. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.96.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .285 average at home. The Indians hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.55 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .267 and he has an OBP of .325. He has 67 hits this year along with 33 runs scored and 33 RBI. He's struck out 58 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .304 and he has an OBP of .362. He has collected 76 hits so far while he's scored 40 runs and drove in 33. He has earned a walk 23 times and has punched out 38 times. The Indians as a unit have 556 base hits, including 110 doubles and 75 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 215 times this year and they have struck out 523 times. They've had 426 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They score 4.63 runs per game and have totaled 301 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 30-33-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 30-36-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 33-26-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 31-34-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
06/10/16 DH Justin Morneau Elbow 15-day DL (6/9)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
06/16/16 3B Juan Uribe Groin "?" Friday vs. Chicago White Sox
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians
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