White Sox vs. Guardians ML Play 8/20/22

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Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Guardians
Date: Saturday August 20th, 06:10 ET
Location: Progressive Field
TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes
Money Line: White Sox +155 / Guardians -170 (BAS – Betting at Reduced Odds is SMART!)
Total Line: 7.5


Chicago: Johnny Cueto (5-5, 2.78)
Cleveland: Shane Bieber (8-6, 3.25)

White Sox Projected Lineup

Josh Harrison P
Gavin Sheets RF
Yasmani Grandal 1B
Yoán Moncada 3B
Elvis Andrus SS
Eloy Jiménez LF
José Abreu 1B
Luis Robert CF
Andrew Vaughn LF
Johnny Cueto P

Guardians Projected Lineup

Owen Miller 1B
Austin Hedges C
Andrés Giménez 2B
Oscar Gonzalez RF
José Ramírez 3B
Myles Straw CF
Josh Naylor 1B
Steven Kwan LF
Amed Rosario SS
Shane Bieber P


Chicago White Sox: 61-59-0 SU / OU 53-58-9 / Run Line W/L 54-66-0
Cleveland Guardians: 64-55-0 SU / OU 56-56-7 / Run Line W/L 64-55-0The Cleveland Guardians host the Chicago White Sox on Saturday August 20th at Progressive Field. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 06:10 ET. The Everygame Odds Board places Cleveland as the favorite (-170), with an OU line set at 7.5.

Recent Form

Heading into today’s matchup, the Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back from a 5-2 loss to Cleveland. In the game, Chicago scored 2 runs early but could not muster any additional offense. The White Sox have gone just 5-5 over their last 10 games. For the year, they have a record of 30-29 away from home.

The Cleveland Guardians head into the game looking to continue their strong play, as they have won 7 of their past 10 games. This includes picking up a 5-2 win over Chicago in last night’s game. Cleveland trailed the White Sox heading into the 7th inning but broke out for 4 runs, which was more than enough cushion.


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Pitching Matchup

Johnny Cueto gets the start for the White Sox, with an overall record of 5-5. Currently, Cueto has an ERA of just 2.78 while pitching an average of 6.47 innings per outing. Across his previous starts, opposing teams have put together a batting average of 0.259. So far, Cueto has managed to keep the ball in the ballpark, allowing just 0.9 home runs per 9 innings. On the season, Johnny Cueto has had no problem racking up strikeouts, posting a strikeout percentage of 16.0%. This includes a per game average of 4.18 K’s per game. For the season, he has struggled with command averaging 1.96 walks per outing.

The Cleveland Guardians will send Shane Bieber to the mound with an overall record of 8-6. Heading into the game, Bieber has appeared in 22 contests, posting an ERA of just 3.25. On average, he pitches 6.28 innings per appearance. In his previous outings, right-hander opponents are hitting 0.237 off the right-hander. So far, Bieber has managed to keep the ball in the ballpark, allowing just 0.72 home runs per 9 innings. Overall, Shane Bieber has struck out 25.0% of the batters he has faced. On average, he averages 6.36 K’s per game. Command has been a problem for Bieber, as he is giving up 1.82 walks per outing.

Chicago vs Cleveland History

Today’s matchup between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Guardians will be their 15th meeting of the season. Cleveland holds the edge in the series at 9-5. Through 14 games, the series over-under record is 7-6, with the average run total sitting at 8.16 runs per game. The averge scoring margin in these meetings is 3.64 runs. Going back to last year, Chicago won the season series, 10 games to 9. In these 19 meetings, the two teams combined for an over-under record of 10-9. Last year, the White Sox and Guardians averaged 8.16 runs per game. The average scoring differential in this series was 2.79 runs per game.

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Betting Trends

  • White Sox are 10-4 in their last 14 games vs. a right-handed starter.
  • White Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
  • Guardians are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win.
  • Guardians are 10-3 in their last 13 overall.

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians Prediction

Heading into today’s AL Central action, the Guardians are the strong favorite to come away with the win. With Shane Bieber on the mound, look for the Guardians to pick up another division victory. The Cleveland right-hander has given up a total of just 5 runs in his last 4 outings. I recommend taking Cleveland on the moneyline.

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