White Sox vs. Indians Pick
The Indians are listed as a -295 favorite to win on the moneyline. The White Sox are a +245 underdog and the over-under is set at 8.5. Cleveland is -150 to win on the -1.5 runline, while Chicago is +130 to win on the +1.5 runline.
Mike Pelfrey (3-11, 5.52 ERA) gets the start for the White Sox, while the Indians will turn to Trevor Bauer (16-9, 4.28). Pelfrey holds a 1.51 WHIP with 77 strikeouts across 117 1/3 innings. He has made four appearances out of the bullpen since his last start on September 7, an 11-2 home loss to Cleveland. In that start, Pelfrey allowed seven earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and three walks over four innings. He has a 5.77 ERA in 53 road innings. Bauer carries a 1.39 WHIP with 189 strikeouts over 170 1/3 innings. He gave up one earned run on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks in seven innings of work in a 3-1 loss at Seattle his last outing. Bauer has a 4.08 ERA in 97 home innings.
Chicago comes in at 66-93 and 27-51 on the road, while Cleveland is 100-59 and 47-31 at home. The Indians have won eight of the last 10 meetings and the over-under is 5-5 in those games.
Chicago won three out of four at home versus the Angels, including a 5-4 victory in Thursday's finale. Yolmer Sanchez finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Avisail Garcia was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Rob Brantly was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. Gregory Infante earned the win in relief, while Juan Minaya picked up his eighth save. Cleveland won the last two games of a three-game home series with the Twins, taking Thursday afternoon's game 5-2. Carlos Carrasco threw 8 1/3 shutout innings as he struck out 14 and walked one while giving up six hits. Francisco Lindor was 2-for-4 with a double and a run, while Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez both hit two-run home runs.
This game has blowout written all over it. Cleveland is still playing for homefield advantage through the ALCS, holding a one-game lead over the Astros. Pelfrey is a mediocre pitcher and the Indians teed off on him earlier this month. Bauer has become a more consistent pitcher this season and the White Sox struggle against right-handed pitching. Take Cleveland on the runline.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: CLEVELAND INDIANS RL -150