Very often, you see teams go head to head, with one of the two having a definite advantage over the other. It happens in every professional sport, where one team simply finds it close to impossible to beat one opponent in particular. Even as a heavy underdog, those bogey teams always seem to find a way to rise up and beat their better opponent. These are match-ups that bettors look for when trying to find underdog plays, but things get a little bit tougher when there really is nothing to separate two teams. We very often see this in divisional games, where teams who meet regularly over the course of the season seem to just cancel one another out. Those meetings are always a little tougher to handicap, which is what we have in this series, as the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox have split their 8 previous games this season right down the middle. Both are coming into this weekend series on modest winning streaks, but it is the Indians who are favored by 1 ½ on Thursday night. The O/U for this one has been set at 8 ½.
Indians vs White Sox MLB Betting Lines, Analysis & Prediction
- When: Thursday May 30 at 8:10 PM EST
- Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
- TV: NBCSCHI
- Radio: Cleveland / Chicago
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Starting Pitchers: Carrasco Vs Banuelos
- MLB Odds: Indians -1.5 (-125)
Why bet on the Cleveland Indians?
The Cleveland Indians are beginning to show some signs that they might be about to break out of a brutal run of form. After losing 7 of 8, the Indians have now put together back to back wins, outscoring the Boston Red Sox 21-14 in the process. While that offensive outburst is certainly impressive, the fact that they also gave up 14 runs in those two games is a sign that all is still not right in Cleveland.
In fact, they gave up 26 runs in their 3 games versus the Boston, making it hard to believe that they actually found a way to win a couple of games. Beating the Red Sox is a good start to a road trip, though, helping take the Indians to 13-13 SU on the road. They are just 6-10 ATS as a road favorite. It will be Carlos Carrasco (4-5, 4.60 ERA) who starts this one.
- Runs: 4.07
- Hits: 7.35
- Walks: 3.95
- Strike Outs: 8.85
- Runs: 4.18
- Hits: 8.05
- Walks: 2.82
- Strike Outs: 9.45
Why bet on the Chicago White Sox?
The Chicago White Sox are sitting at 26-29 on the season, which puts them, 3 games back of the Indians for second place in the AL Central. Things are little bleaker when you look at the big picture, though, as they are also 11 ½ games out of first, which is being held by the red-hot Minnesota Twins. It’s one step at a time for the White Sox, though, who will be aware that they can potentially leapfrog the Indians by winning this series.
They are coming into the weekend on a decent run of form, winning each of their last 3 games, a sweep over the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox have failed to cover in each of their last 5 games and are 5-8 ATS as a home favorite. They will send Manuel Banuelos (2-4, 7.71 ERA) to the mound for this one.
- Runs: 4.26
- Hits: 8.43
- Walks: 2.54
- Strike Outs: 9.70
- Runs: 5.26
- Hits: 8.70
- Walks: 3.91
- Strike Outs: 7.98
Indians vs White Sox MLB Betting Trends
- Cleveland are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cleveland’s last 5 games
- Chi White Sox are 5-11 SU in their last 16 games played on a Thursday
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi White Sox’s last 5 games
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction for Indians vs White Sox
While the meetings between these two have been nip and tuck, with the season series perfectly balanced at 4-4, I think it is the Indians whop have the better of the pitching duel here.
Cleveland Indians 6 Chicago White Sox 3