We figured the Indians would start to trend up sometime soon, and perhaps it’s happening right now. How are we playing Wednesday night’s Tribe-White Sox contest with our free MLB picks? MLB Betting Notes and Free Picks: Indians vs. White Sox.

Indians (Bauer) -165/8.5 at White Sox (Covey), 8:10 pm ET

Third game of a four-game series … Cleveland grabbed the opener Monday night 4-0 but Chicago won Tuesday night 5-1, cashing in as +130 home dogs on the MLB betting odds … early action on Wednesday’s MLB betting odds dipped the line on this game about a nickel … Cleveland leads this season series four games to one, with the totals splitting 2-2-1 .. with Tuesday’s win the White Sox are 7-5 over their last 12 games … they’re also 10-0-1 on the unders their last 11 times out, because while they’re not scoring a ton of runs they’ve been getting some pretty good pitching … the Indians are 5-2 over their last seven games and 6-1 on the unders, for similar reasons … at 35-30 Cleveland leads the AL Central by five games over second place Minnesota, while at 23-42 Chicago is just trying to stay out of last place.

Covey (2-1, 2.22) is 2/5 on quality starts this season, and he’s been pretty good as of late … last Friday he held Boston scoreless on three hits through six innings of a 1-0 Sox victory at Fenway, and over his last four starts he’s allowed just three earned runs through 22 1/3 innings … Chicago is 3-2 with Covey this year, the unders 3-2 … in one start this year against the Indians Covey gave up five runs on five hits and three walks through 4 1/3 innings of a 9-6 White Sox defeat .. but only two of those runs were earned.

Bauer (5-4, 2.62), by our tough standards, is 9/13 on quality starts this year, but only one for his last three … last Friday he held Detroit to one run through eight innings, with 12 strikeouts, but in his two starts previous to that he gave up seven ER through 13 innings … Cleveland is 7-6 with Bauer this season, the unders 7-6 … in two starts last year against Chicago Bauer gave up three runs and seven hits through 12 1/3 innings, with 16 whiffs … the Indians won those games by scores of 5-3 and 10-1.

The Cleveland bullpen ranks dead last in MLB in ERA at 5.61 and 19th in WHIP at 1.37 .. we’re hoping those guys don’t get too involved Wednesday night … the White Sox pen ranks 14th in ERA at 3.85 and 26th in WHIP at 1.43 … the Indians ranks 5th against right-handed pitching with a .751 team OPS … Chicago ranks 18th against righties with a .719 OPS … Cleveland is 24-22 this year against RH starters … the Sox are just 17-32 against RH starters.

The Indians only went 1/9 with runners in scoring position Tuesday night, but that’s a stat that tends to balance out over the course of 2-3 games … also, six of Cleveland’s seven wins this year with Bauer have come by at least two runs.

Free MLB Pick: Indians -1.5 (-118) at Heritage




MLB Betting Notes and Free Picks: Indians vs. White Sox

Dizzy McGee

Dizzy McGee has been hooked on sports betting since the day he hit a 3-team NFL parlay at the age of 10. With 30 years of sports betting under his belt he now shares his betting insights and theories by writing about them at WagerTalk.

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