The Major League Baseball season enters the final week of the season and teams are looking to clinch division titles and playoff berths. One game with both those implications will take place on Monday, September 21, 2020, when the Chicago White Sox (34-19) visit the Cleveland Indians (29-24). The White Sox have already clinched a playoff berth and have a two-game lead over the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. Cleveland can clinch a playoff berth with a good series this week. This game will air live on ESPN+ at 6:10 p.m. EST.
The Chicago White Sox visited the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend and ended up losing two of three. Cincinnati won game one 7-1, but Chicago fought back with a 5-0 win on Saturday. On Sunday, Cincinnati dominated from the start to win the rubber game 7-3.
Cleveland visited the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, a team whose manager retired in the middle of the series and won three of the four games. The Indians won game one 10-3 and game two 1-0, but Detroit was able to grab a game three win with a 5-2 victory. Cleveland wrapped up the series win with a 7-4 win on Sunday.
Below is my pick for the Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians. All odds are from Pointsbet Sportsbook.
Odds: Chicago White Sox (-110) at Cleveland Indians (-104)
Pitching Matchup: Dane Dunning (2-0, 2.33 ERA, 0.93 WHIP) vs Aaron Civale (3-5, 3.80 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)
Dane Dunning is set to make his sixth start this season as the White Sox look to make it a perfect 6-0 in his starts. Dunning has not allowed more than three earned runs in a start this season and has been lights out in his two more recent starts. The righty has allowed two runs (one earned) and six hits in 13.0 combined innings over his last two starts.
Aaron Civale is set to make his 11th start of 2020 and he will look to make it two quality starts in a row. Last time out, Civale allowed seven hits and two earned runs in six innings of work against the Chicago Cubs. For the season, Civale has given up 27 earned runs and 64 hits in 64.0 innings pitched.
It has been the Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu show in Chicago this season as those two players are both in the MVP conversation. Abreu, the White Sox first baseman, leads the team with a .651 slugging, 1.032 OPS, 18 home runs, and 53 RBI’s. Those stats also go with a .335 batting average and .331 slugging. Abreu leads the majors in RBI’s, is tied for second in home runs, eighth in batting average, third in slugging, and fifth in OPS. Shortstop Tim Anderson leads with a .360 batting average and .395 on base percentage. The .360 batting average is second in the majors, and AL, behind DJ LeMahieu and his .361 batting average.
It has been the Jose Ramirez show in Cleveland this season as the third baseman leads the team with a .284 batting average, .369 on base percentage, .574 slugging, .942 OPS, 15 home runs, and 38 RBI’s.
MLB Predictions: I am going to back Cleveland -104 Monday night.
2020 Picks Record: 53-38