Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Rodon vs. Danny Salazar
The Chicago White Sox visit Progressive Field on Thursday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Carlos Rodon for the White Sox and Danny Salazar for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +168 and Cleveland at -178. The over/under was set at 8.5. The White Sox have a 52-59-7 over/under record and a 55-63-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Indians are 62-55-0 against the run line and have a 58-50-9 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 56-62 record, including 27-36 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon has a 3-8 record with an earned run average of 4.32 and a WHIP of 1.49. He has 109 strikeouts over his 110.1 innings pitched and he has given up 125 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.31. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 336 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen while being struck out 325 times and walking 173 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.85 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.72 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.05. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 1,039 base hits and 476 earned runs. They have allowed 132 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 400 batters and struck out 906. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.30.
As a team, Chicago is batting .251, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.58 hits per game. Jose Abreu comes into this game hitting .280 and his on-base percentage is at .335. He has 128 hits this season along with 41 runs scored and 65 runs batted in. He's struck out 95 times and has walked 30 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .298 and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 128 hits so far while scoring 48 runs and he's driven in 54. He has walked 32 times and has struck out 53 times. The White Sox have 1,012 hits, including 196 doubles and 118 home runs. They've stolen 57 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 27 times. Chicago has walked 340 times this season and they've struck out 944 times as a unit. They've left 819 men on base and have a team OPS of .712. They score 3.97 runs per contest and have scored a total of 469 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 36-21 home record and a 68-49 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.38, Danny Salazar has a 11-4 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He has 133 strikeouts over the 117.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 96 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.64. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.57 and they have given up 312 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 336 times and walking 138 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.19 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.37 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 962 base knocks and 446 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 139 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 344 hitters and struck out 983. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .295 average at home. The Indians hold a .443 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.19 hits per contest. Francisco Lindor comes into this matchup batting .311 and he has an OBP of .360. He has 141 hits this year along with 80 runs scored and 62 RBI. He's struck out 67 times and has walked on 38 occasions. Jason Kipnis is hitting .294 and he has an OBP of .354. He has collected 132 hits so far while he's scored 72 runs and drove in 66. He has earned a walk 42 times and has punched out 102 times. The Indians as a unit have 1,075 base hits, including 220 doubles and 152 homers. They have 100 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 23 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 369 times this year and they have struck out 926 times. They've had 763 men left on base and have an OPS of .771. They score 5.07 runs per game and have totaled 593 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 52-59-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 55-63-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 58-50-9 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 62-55-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
08/13/16 P Miguel Gonzalez Groin 15-day DL (8/12)
08/10/16 RF Avisail Garcia Knee 15-day DL (8/7)
08/03/16 CF Charlie Tilson Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
07/05/16 C Alex Avila Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 60-day DL (6/30)
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 60-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
08/15/16 P Danny Salazar Elbow 15-day DL (8/2); expected to be activated and start Thursday vs Chicago White Sox
07/19/16 C Yan Gomes Shoulder 15-day DL (7/18)
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the White Sox
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