Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Guardians July 13 Betting Preview
After splitting their doubleheader on Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox (42-45) and Cleveland Guardians (43-43) will square off in the finale of their four-game series on Wednesday. The Guardians will host this one at Progressive Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
In the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Guardians were able to win 4-1. Shane Bieber pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on three hits. Steven Kwan and Amed Rosario combined for four hits in the win.
In the nightcap, it was all Chicago as they won 7-0. Dylan Cease went 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and struck out nine. The White Sox hit three home runs in the contest.
In the loss, Konnor Pilkington gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings. Steven Kwan and Jose Ramirez had four hits combined in the defeat.
White Sox vs. Guardians July 13 Betting Odds
The White Sox are the slight favorites on Wednesday. They are -116 to win while the Guardians’ moneyline sits at -102. The runline features Cleveland +1.5 (-170), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.
Chicago will turn to 27-year-old righty Lucas Giolito in the finale. In 15 games, he is 5-5 with a 5.05 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and he has 97 strikeouts in 82 innings. He took the loss in his last start against the Tigers after giving up five runs in 6.2 innings.
The Guardians will counter with righty Aaron Civale. In 11 games, Civale is 2-5 with a 6.28 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and has 51 strikeouts in 53 innings. He took a no-decision in his last start after giving up just one run in seven innings to the Royals.
White Sox Trying To Play Up To Potential
With their split of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the White Sox are three games under .500, and they sit 5.5 games back in the AL Central. With the Guardians 1.5 games ahead of them in standings, they will try to cut into that deficit and split this series.
Luckily for Chicago, they have been better on the road (23-20) than they have been at home (19-25). Still, they will need to improve on their 4-6 record in their last 10 games.
Keep an eye on Tim Anderson Wednesday. In 17 at bats versus Civale, he is hitting .412 with three home runs and five runs batted in. Luis Robert has also had a lot of success hitting .411 in 11 at bats with a home run.
Guardians Try To Finish Series Win
All wins are important, but when you can win a series against a division rival it is extra special. On Wednesday, the Guardians will try to do exactly that as they host the White Sox.
On Tuesday, 24-year-old rookie Steven Kwan continued to show why he has been so instrumental to the club. With his four hits, he is now hitting .285/.368/.362 with a home run, 23 runs batted in, and 35 runs scored.
Against Chicago’s Lucas Giolito, Josh Naylor and Jose Ramirez have had some success. For Naylor, he is hitting .333 in nine at bats with a home run. Jose Ramirez has seen Giolito 28 times, hitting .286 with a home run and three runs batted in.
Guardians Need A Great Start From Civale
The Guardians have a great opportunity to win the series on Wednesday, especially with how inconsistently Lucas Giolito has been this year. While he was Chicago’s ace last year, he is sporting an unimpressive 5.05 ERA this season.
The problem for Cleveland is they have ridden their own rollercoaster with Aaron Civale this season. While he has had a lot of rough starts, he also has shown the potential, like in his last start, to be dominant.
If Cleveland can get anything close to Civale’s last start, where he went deep into the game and minimized damage, they should be in good shape to win this ballgame. If not, this game could come down to which team can outslug the other. If that is the case, the over 8.5 total (-120) could be a real possibility.
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