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Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians July 11 Betting Preview
Monday starts a pivotal four-game series for the Cleveland Guardians (41-42) as they host the Chicago White Sox (41-43), who sit just a half game back of them in the AL Central. Monday’s game will be played at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
Coming into play, the White Sox split their last series with the Detroit Tigers at two games apiece. Despite dropping the first two, the White Sox came back to win the last two including a 4-2 victory on Sunday.
Kendall Graveman picked up the win in relief while Liam Hendricks picked up his 17th save of the season. Offensively, Gavin Sheets hit his seventh home run of the season as part of a two-hit day.
Cleveland didn’t fare as well over the weekend as they dropped two of three to the Kansas City Royals. They lost Sunday’s finale 5-1.
Zach Plesac took the loss after giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings of work. The Guardians’ offense managed just five hits on the day with Owen Miller scoring their lone run.
Guardians vs. White Sox July 11 Betting Odds
The White Sox are the favorites to win the opener Monday despite playing on the road. They are -116 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at -102. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-178), and the over/under for total runs is nine.
Lance Lynn will take the ball for the White Sox in the opener. In five games, the 35-year-old righty is 1-1 with a 5.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and he has 26 strikeouts in 27 innings.
Lynn was roughed up in his last start giving up five runs on six hits in five innings to the Twins.
For the Guardians, they will counter with righty Cal Quantrill. He has pitched in 15 games, going 4-5 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and has 55 strikeouts in 88.2 innings.
In Quantrill’s last three starts, he has given up a combined eight runs in 17 innings while giving up 21 hits.
White Sox Look To Overtake Second Place
At 41-43, the White Sox currently sit in third place in the AL Central, five games back of the Twins. With the Guardians sitting just a half game in front of them, they will look to jump into second place in the division with a win Monday.
Leading the team offensively this season have been first baseman Jose Abreu and outfielder Luis Robert. Abreu is hitting .292/.378/.460 with 10 home runs, 40 runs batted in, and 48 runs.
Not to be outdone, Robert is hitting .287/.319/.429 with 10 home runs, 46 runs batted in, and 44 runs scored.
Guardians Look To Break Out Of Slump
The last couple weeks have not been kind to the Cleveland Guardians. Having lost eight of their last 10 games, the Guardians are looking to heat back up, especially as they host their division rivals.
Keep an eye out for Jose Ramirez in this one. Not only has he been the Guardians’ best hitter this season, but he has put up great numbers against Lance Lynn in his career. In 17 at bats, Ramirez is hitting .353 with three home runs and seven runs batted in.
Franmil Reyes has also hit well against Lynn as he is hitting .273 in 11 at bats with four runs batted in. Andres Gimenez and Austin Hedges have also homered off the righty.
Big Game For The Guardians
With the All-Star break rapidly approaching, the Guardians do not want to continue sputtering into the break. For that reason, this is a huge series for the club, and a win on Monday would go a long way towards their chances of taking the series.
Lance Lynn has been solid throughout his career, but he has struggled a bit since coming back from injury this year. If Cal Quantrill can limit the White Sox offense, the Guardians’ hitters should have a good chance of putting up some runs.
It won’t be easy, but this is certainly a game that the Guardians can take to get the week started on a high note.
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