Updated: May 11
We have been on the money in the last few days either winning staright up or with the +1.5 runs. I think I can keep this trend moving.
Cleveland Guardians at Chicago White Sox
GUARDIANS +155 LOSS 4-5
Monday, May 9, 2022 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field) Chicago White Sox (14-13) vs Cleveland Guardians (13-14) AND Michael Kopech (0-0) (1.17) vs Zach Plesac (1-3) (4.44)
The Cleveland Guardians took three of four against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend at Progressive Field. The Guardians are now 7-5 this season at home, but only 7-9 on the road, where they will be in this series. The Guardians swept the White Sox a couple of weeks ago at Progressive Field
The Chicago White Sox are projected to send righty Michael Kopech to the mound to face the Guardians. Kopech has pitched really well for this White Sox rotation this year, as this is the first season he has taken the next step as a starter rather than an opener or reliever out of the bullpen. The White Sox’s Kopech (0-0) will make his fifth start of the season. The right-hander last pitched on Thursday, April 28, when he gave up two earned runs and allowed three hits in five innings against the Kansas City Royals. The 26-year-old has an ERA of 1.42 and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .148 in four games this season. Kopech has pitched five or more innings in three straight games and will look to extend that streak. The Guardians rank second in MLB with a .257 batting average this season. They have a team slugging percentage that ranks fifth in the league (.403) and 22 home runs.
The Cleveland Guardians send Zach Plesac to the mond. This is Plesac's his sixth start of the season. He is 1-3 with a 4.44 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched. In his most recent time out on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres, the righty threw five innings, allowing four earned runs while surrendering five hits. Over five games this season, the 27-year-old has a 4.44 ERA and 5.5 strikeouts per nine innings, while giving up a batting average of .274 to opposing batters. Plesac is looking to record his second quality start of the year. Plesac heads into the matchup with four outings of five or more innings pitched this season. He will face a White Sox offense that ranks 28th in the league with 82 total runs scored while batting .222 as a squad. His opponent has a collective .348 slugging percentage (22nd in MLB action) and has hit a total of 21 home runs (21st in the league). Plesac has a 1.35 ERA and a 1.200 WHIP against the White Sox this season in 6 2/3 innings pitched, allowing a .304 batting average over one appearance. This season, the 27-year-old ranks 49th in ERA (4.44), 51st in WHIP (1.405), and 52nd in K/9 (5.5) among qualifying pitchers.
Can't help but think of the last series in WITH this exact pitching match up. Cleveland WON. I think they WIN again!