Cleveland and Chicago take Guaranteed Field for the middle tilt of a three-game series. First Pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET with Indians Cy Young candidate Trevor Bauer (11-6, 2.25 ERA) opposing White Sox veteran James Shields (4-13, 4.50). MLB Preview and Free Pick: White Sox vs Indians.
Rotation: (923) Cleveland Indians at (924) Chicago White Sox
Starting Pitchers: Bauer vs Shields
Venue: Guaranteed Field in Chicago, Illinois
Line: Cleveland Indians -220, 8.5
TV Broadcast: SportsTime Ohio (Cleveland), NBCS Chicago
Bauer won after allowing three hits and three walks with 11 strikeouts across six shutout innings versus the Minnesota Twins this past Monday. Bauer has earned wins in three straight with the trio all being quality starts. The current favorite to win the American League Cy Young heads into tonight’s contest with an AL best 2.25 ERA. In addition the Tribe right-hander has 206 strikeouts on the season.
Chicago White Sox
Shields earned a no-decision in his last turn and hasn’t won across his last four starts. Big Game James has served up six homers and walked 10 in his last 17 innings of work. The White Sox righty no longer sports the command or the trust of his stuff to succeed at this level.
In truth Shields has been fortunate this season and his 4.50 ERA isn’t in line with his underlying peripherals. Shields has a 35-plus hard hit percentage along with a mere 14 percent soft contact rate. He pitches to contact at this point of his career and in front of a porous White Sox defense. Shields has posted a .254 BABIP and his fly ball tendencies don’t work considering his hard contact ratio.
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Bauer has surrendered two or fewer runs in nine of his last 10 starts and squares off against a White Sox lineup that have the highest strikeout rate in all of baseball at 26 percent and as a team are tied for 18th in wRC+ (94) versus right handed pitching.
Free Pick is a play on the Indians and Bauer’s run-line. Cleveland -1.5 runs (-145)
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MLB Preview and Free Pick: White Sox vs Indians