The Chicago White Sox clinched the AL Central in the early game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. Since then, they’ve lost the nightcap of that doubleheader 5-3, somehow got a 1-0 win on Friday, and were blanked 6-0 on Saturday.
Yes, it looks like Chicago has entered ‘wind down mode’ as they reboot for the postseason. It’s well deserved after claiming their 1st AL Central crown since 2008, but it also makes the Sox very risky as -152 favorites in Sunday’s series finale.
Chicago White Sox Betting Preview: Can Bats Come Back?
The White Sox lone win over the last three games in Cleveland came on Friday when the lone run of the game came on a Luis Robert solo home run. Chicago followed that up by getting just three hits in Saturday’s 6-0 loss that came as -181 favorites with Lance Lynn on the mound.
Chicago will obviously try to get their offense going on Sunday in their last meeting with Cleveland on the season. The season series is on the line, too, as the teams have split 9-9 so far. The Sox will face Triston Mckenzie, who gave up 3 HR in his last start, and Chicago has scored 19 runs in 15-⅓ innings against the Indians starter this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Preview: McKenzie Tries to Rebound
Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie gave up 7 ER his last time out, his worst start of the season. That was either a once-off anomaly or a sign that the lanky right-hander is fading down the stretch. The smart money is on the former, as McKenzie had given up 1 ER or less in five starts prior. That being said, McKenzie is also 0-1 vs. the White Sox this year but with an 11.15 ERA in four starts.
Chicago thought they had the pitching edge on Saturday with Lance Lynn starting, but Cleveland was able to get to the right-hander for six runs over six innings, thanks in part to HRs from Jose Ramirez and Andres Gimenez. The Indians are once again underdogs as Lucas Giolito starts for the White Sox, and they’ve managed just 1 ER over 12-⅓ vs. the Chicago starter this season.
White Sox vs. Indians Betting Odds & Lines
The White Sox are a -152 favorite at WagerWeb, but is that a good bet to make with the Chicago offense struggling since clinching the division on Thursday? Then again, Cleveland had lost 8 of 10 at home coming into this weekend’s series, so they are an iffy play at +140 as well.
Even though the White Sox ran away with the AL Central with a 10.5 game lead, Cleveland has played them well, splitting the 18 games head-to-head series so far.
Free Betting Pick
There’s not a ton of value on the White Sox with such a lofty price, but they have to be the play with this pitching matchup. McKenzie has allowed 3, 5, 5, and 6 runs in four starts vs. Chicago this season.
Meanwhile, Giolito has allowed 0 and 1 ER in two starts against the Indians this year, but he also hasn’t pitched against them since May 2nd.