Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 5/1/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Indians vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (-140) Chicago (+130)
Guaranteed Rate Field is the site where Lance Lynn and the Chicago White Sox (14-10, 2nd in AL Central) will play the Cleveland Indians (11-12, 3rd in AL Central) on Saturday. The Indians open this contest at -140 while the White Sox are priced at +130. The O/U opens at 7. The pitchers taking the mound are Triston McKenzie and Lance Lynn.
As a unit, the Cleveland Indians are scoring 3.9 runs per outing, which ranks them 24th in MLB. They have accumulated 90 runs scored and have an OBP of .284. The Indians have earned 35 doubles as a squad and have smacked 30 baseballs out of the park. They have tallied 87 runs batted in in addition to 156 base knocks this year, and their average at the plate is .209. Cleveland owns a slugging percentage of .387 and have struck out 195 times, while taking a walk on 75 occasions.
Indians pitchers have yielded 36 long balls and also 93 runs in total (10th in the league). They have walked 76 players from the other team and their FIP sits at 4.47 as a unit for the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.89 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.17. The Indians are sitting with a team ERA of 3.75 on the campaign (11th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 220 batters.
Indians pitchers have entered the game with opponents on base 16 times and also have had 17 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have tallied 9 holds for the season (22nd in baseball). The Indians relievers have a save percentage of 77.8% and has stepped onto the mound in 18 save situations. They have recorded 7 saves this season and have blown 2 out of their 9 chances to save the game. The relief pitchers have inherited 21 runners this year with 38.1% of those players ended up scoring. The Indians have sent 70 relievers to the mound for the season.
The Indians have turned 73.3% of balls in play into outs out of their 1,842 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 2nd in pro baseball. The Cleveland Indians have earned a total of 614 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 207 assists and 14 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .983 which is 18th in the majors, and they have twisted 152 double plays.
McKenzie has taken the mound for 50 innings and is sitting with 65 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.60 (20 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.140. He has given up 34 base hits (6.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 23 free passes. McKenzie (2-1 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.60 while he has gone up against 201 hitters during his time in the major leagues.
The White Sox hold a team slugging % of .412 and they score 5.17 runs per contest (2nd in MLB). They have recorded 38 doubles, while taking a walk 89 times as well as racking up 124 runs. Chicago has accumulated 23 HRs so far this season to go along with 113 RBIs. They have been rung up on 198 instances (24th in the league) and have accounted for 213 hits. The Chicago White Sox have tallied an on-base percentage of .347 and a team batting average of .267 on the campaign.
The White Sox are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.205 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.37 as a squad this season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 3.45 (245 strikeouts vs 71 bases on balls). They come in at 8th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 175. They have allowed 24 HR's and they give up 4.10 runs per 9 innings (12th in MLB). The Chicago pitching staff have conceded 93 runs for the season while holding an ERA of 3.57 (81 earned runs yielded).
Chicago has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 12 save opportunities and they have tallied 5 saves. They rank 27th in baseball holding a save percentage of 41.7%, and they have sent 70 relief pitchers onto the diamond on the season. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 30 times in high leverage situations in addition to 30 occasions with runners on base. Chicago relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 28.9% of 45 inherited base runners. Sitting with 23 save situations, the White Sox have recorded 10 holds and also 7 blown saves.
The Chicago White Sox have twisted 15 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .975 (30th in pro baseball). The White Sox have accrued 179 assists, 20 errors and have accumulated 613 putouts on the season. In 1,839 innings played, the White Sox have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 67.9% (28th in MLB).
During his pro baseball career, Lynn has given up 1,328 base knocks while he has earned 1,442 strikeouts in 1,446 frames. He has allowed 568 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.285 and a FIP of 3.6. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.72 and he has faced 6,125 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. Lynn (105-72 career record) has earned a 3.53 ERA while allowing 8.3 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (+130)
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