White Sox Big Favorites Against Cleveland, Masterson

Cleveland Indians (+145) at Chicago White Sox (-157, 7.5 O/U )

The last place Indians, 24-28 on the year, will take on second place Chicago in a battle between AL Central rivals. Right-hander Justin Masterson, 2-3 with a 5.32 earned run average in 2014, will be the starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in their road matchup with the Chicago White Sox. When Josh Tomlin was needed out of the ‘pen in the Indians’ 13-inning win vs. the Tigers on Wednesday, it meant he wouldn’t be able to start the next day vs. the O’s. Instead, Masterson went on three days’ rest and allowed five runs in 5 2/3 frames. The Indians have gone over the total in 70% of his starts. Masterson has gone 0-2 with a 9.98 ERA in his last three outings after he surrendered five runs over 5 2-3 innings in Thursday’s 8-7, 13-inning win at Baltimore.

However, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.65 ERA in six starts against Chicago since the start of last season. He’s made 10 starts against the White Sox since his last loss to them, April 11, 2012. He gave up six runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 12-6 road win April 12, before allowing four hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 2-0 home victory May 3.

Left-hander Chris Sale will take the mound for the home team. Sale dominated in his first start off the disabled list against the Yankees, striking out 10 in six one-hit innings. He was on a pitch count as he rebuilds his arm strength following a strained left flexor muscle but will likely be less restricted vs. Cleveland. The White Sox are 4-1 in games started by him, and have gone over 40% of those games. Sale, though, hasn’t been nearly as dominant against the Indians, going 1-4 with an 8.04 ERA in five matchups since the start of last season. He’s gone 14-10 with a 2.25 ERA against everyone else over that span. His worst outing of this season came against the Indians on April 11, when he allowed three runs and six hits in five innings of a 9-6 win.

Temperatures are expected to be around 61°F at game time tonight. Humidity will be at 78%, with the wind blowing at 8 mph.

Cleveland Indians versus Sale: 24 years old left-hander, 6’6” 180 pounds. Throws: fastball, changeup, slider,

Power Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 93.1: 2014 velocity, 93.2: velocity over the last two weeks, 93.2

Runs per game (league ranking), 13 (4.11 per game) : Home Runs, 17 (38 HRs)

    Bat Ave, 19 (.247) : OB%, 8 (.326) : Slugging, 15 (.386)

      Walks, 4 (3.8 per game) : Strikeouts, 25 (6.8) : Stolen Bases, 12 (27 SBs)

      Last seven games, 6 (.752 OPS) : Last 14 games, 2 (.802 OPS) : Last 28 games, 5 (.767 OPS)

        Versus Righties, 4 (.766 OPS) : Versus lefties, 29 (.640 OPS)

          Home, 7 (.754 OPS) : Away, 15 (.693 OPS)

            1st Inning Production, 26 (.635 OPS)

              Facing a Power Pitcher, 8 (.736 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 14 (.731 OPS)

                Facing a fly ball pitcher, 2 (.798 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 27 (.615 OPS)

                  Run Production at Night, 15 (.717 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 11 (.730 OPS)

                    First five innings, 12 (.728 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 11 (.709 OPS)

                      Chicago White Sox versus Masterson: 28 years old right-hander, 6’6” 250 pounds. Throws: fastball, slider, ,

                      Ground Ball, Power Pitcher : 2013 velocity, 91.6: 2014 velocity, 88.9: velocity over the last two weeks, 89

                      Runs per game (league ranking), 3 (4.91 per game) : Home Runs, 4 (50 HRs)

                        Bat Ave, 5 (.261) : OB%, 11 (.325) : Slugging, 9 (.415)

                          Walks, 11 (3.1 per game) : Strikeouts, 1 (9.1) : Stolen Bases, 17 (25 SBs)

                          Last seven games, 19 (.652 OPS) : Last 14 games, 14 (.718 OPS) : Last 28 games, 21 (.687 OPS)

                            Versus Righties, 8 (.739 OPS) : Versus lefties, 18 (.715 OPS)

                              Home, 8 (.753 OPS) : Away, 10 (.714 OPS)

                                1st Inning Production, 28 (.568 OPS)

                                  Facing a Power Pitcher, 10 (.715 OPS) : Facing a Finesse Pitcher, 12 (.751 OPS)

                                    Facing a fly ball pitcher, 13 (.759 OPS) : Facing a ground ball pitcher, 27 (.615 OPS)

                                      Run Production at Night, 9 (.737 OPS) : Run Production During Day, 12 (.726 OPS)

                                        First five innings, 17 (.711 OPS) : 6th to 9th Innings, 2 (.770 OPS)