Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians April 19 Betting Preview
After Monday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather, the Chicago White Sox (6-3) and the Cleveland Guardians (4-5) will get their series started on Tuesday. The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 6:10 pm ET.
This series now turns into a three-game series as the opener will be made up on July 12 as part of a split doubleheader.
The White Sox come into this one having won six of their last eight, but they did lose their last game against the Tampa Bay Rays 9-3.
The Guardians struggled over the weekend having been swept by the San Francisco Giants. In the series, they were outscored 16-4.
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The Guardians are the slight favorites playing at home. They are -136 to win while Chicago's moneyline sits at +116. The spread features the White Sox +1.5 (-182), and the over/under for total runs is 7.5.
Dallas Keuchel was originally scheduled to start on Monday, but the White Sox will switch gears and go with righty Jimmy Lambert (0-1, 6.00 ERA) in this one. In his lone game this season, he gave up two earned runs in three innings of work.
Cleveland will counter with right-handed ace Shane Bieber (0-0, 2.70 ERA). Bieber will be looking for his first win in his third start of the season. He gave up three runs in 5.1 innings in his last start against Cincinnati.
White Sox Look To Stay Hot Against Guardians
While the season is early, the White Sox are currently averaging 4.22 runs per game. While that ranks them 15th in the majors, they are averaging 6.33 runs on the road (fourth in MLB).
Arguably their strongest hitter early on has been Andrew Vaughn. In 23 at bats, he is hitting .348/.400/.652 with two home runs, six runs batted in, and three runs scored.
Others who have produced early on include Luis Robert (two home runs), Tim Anderson (11 for 28), and Eloy Jimenez (seven runs batted in).
Despite having a 5.40 ERA, closer Liam Hendricks has also gotten off to a strong start with four saves (in five opportunities) and has nine strikeouts in just five innings.
Guardians Look To End Losing Streak
Thanks to an unbelievable four-game stretch where they scored 44 runs, the Guardians rank tied for second in scoring (5.44) this season. Unfortunately, in the early going, they are averaging just 1.33 runs at Progressive Field. They will try to improve on that number Tuesday.
Like every year, Jose Ramirez continues to be one of the best hitters in all of baseball. Recently signed to an extension, Ramirez is hitting .457/.500/.866 with a team-leading three home runs and 15 runs batted in.
In four at bats against Lambert, Ramirez has just one hit, but that one hit is a home run.
Other contributors include rookies Steven Kwan (.385/.541/.538 with five runs batted in and seven runs) and second baseman Owen Miller (.500/.545/.964 with two home runs).
Despite hitting just .188, Oscar Mercado is tied with Ramirez for the team-high in home runs with three. He also has nine runs batted in.
Guardians Look To Run Support For Their Ace
Without a doubt, the Guardians have the upper hand when it comes to starting pitching, but that isn’t to say that it will be easy for Shane Bieber.
There are a couple White Sox players who have had Bieber’s number including Jose Abreu (three home runs) and Tim Anderson (.296 in 27 at bats).
Still, if there is one thing about Bieber it is that he will always give his team a chance to win. The question is whether the Guardians’ offense is going to be the one that scored 44 runs in four games early last week or the team that scored just four runs in three games over the weekend.
If they can get any run production at all, they should have a good opportunity of pulling out a victory.
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