White Sox vs Guardians Spread Prediction 7/2

White Sox vs Guardians Spread Prediction 7/2

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Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Guardians Spread Prediction 7/2


Game Summary


The Chicago White Sox will face off against the Cleveland Guardians on July 2, 2024, at 6:41 PM at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The White Sox have struggled this season, sitting at the bottom of the AL Central, while the Guardians are in the playoff hunt, aiming to close the gap on the division-leading Minnesota Twins. The White Sox's inconsistent hitting and pitching have been their downfall, while the Guardians have relied on solid pitching and timely hitting. This game is crucial for both teams as the Guardians look to gain ground in the standings, and the White Sox aim to salvage some pride in a disappointing season.


Odds and Betting Lines


Market Odds
Over/Under TBD
Spread Chicago White Sox +1.5 (-120) / Cleveland Guardians -1.5 (+100)
Moneyline Chicago White Sox +164 / Cleveland Guardians -196


Pitching Probables


Pitcher Team W-L ERA Strikeouts
Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox 5-6 3.95 120
Shane Bieber Cleveland Guardians 8-4 3.23 135


Team Previews


Chicago White Sox


Hitting: The White Sox lineup has been inconsistent, with stars like Tim Anderson and Luis Robert Jr. struggling to find their rhythm. As a team, they are batting .245, which ranks 20th in MLB. They will need to improve their situational hitting to stand a chance against the Guardians' pitching.


Relief Pitching: The bullpen has been a weak spot for the White Sox, with a collective ERA of 4.50. Closer Liam Hendriks has been a rare bright spot, but the middle relief has been unreliable.


Fielding: The White Sox have committed 60 errors this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Defensive lapses have cost them several games, and they need to tighten up their fielding to compete effectively.


Starting Pitchers: Lucas Giolito has been up and down this season, with moments of brilliance offset by inconsistency. He will need to bring his A-game to outduel Shane Bieber and give his team a chance to win.


Cleveland Guardians


Hitting: The Guardians' lineup is led by Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor, both of whom have been productive this season. They are batting .255 as a team, ranking 15th in MLB. Their ability to manufacture runs has been key to their success.


Relief Pitching: The Guardians' bullpen has been one of the best in baseball, with an ERA of 3.20. Emmanuel Clase has been dominant as the closer, supported by strong setup men like James Karinchak and Trevor Stephan.


Fielding: The Guardians have been solid defensively, committing only 45 errors, which ranks them 8th in MLB. Their reliable defense has been a cornerstone of their success.


Starting Pitchers: Shane Bieber has been the ace of the staff, delivering consistent performances and keeping the Guardians in games. His ability to control the game and limit damage will be crucial against the White Sox.


Projected Starting Lineups


# Chicago White Sox Cleveland Guardians
1 Tim Anderson, SS Steven Kwan, LF
2 Andrew Vaughn, 1B Amed Rosario, SS
3 Luis Robert Jr., CF Jose Ramirez, 3B
4 Eloy Jimenez, DH Josh Naylor, 1B
5 Yasmani Grandal, C Oscar Gonzalez, RF
6 Yoan Moncada, 3B Andres Gimenez, 2B
7 Gavin Sheets, RF Myles Straw, CF
8 Elvis Andrus, 2B Mike Zunino, C
9 Adam Engel, LF Richie Palacios, DH


Betting Trends


  • White Sox are 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • Guardians are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • White Sox are 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
  • Guardians are 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
  • Under is 6-4 in White Sox's last 10 games.
  • Over is 7-3 in Guardians' last 10 games.


Recent Games


Chicago White Sox Opponent Score W/L
June 30 Detroit Tigers 4-5 L
June 29 Detroit Tigers 6-2 W
June 28 Detroit Tigers 3-7 L
June 27 Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 W
June 26 Toronto Blue Jays 1-4 L


Cleveland Guardians Opponent Score W/L
June 30 Kansas City Royals 7-3 W
June 29 Kansas City Royals 5-2 W
June 28 Kansas City Royals 4-6 L
June 27 Boston Red Sox 3-2 W
June 26 Boston Red Sox 2-5 L


Team Rankings


Category Chicago White Sox Cleveland Guardians
Hitting 20th 15th
Starting Pitching 22nd 10th
Relief Pitching 25th 5th
Fielding 25th 8th


Significant Betting Stats


  • Guardians are 15-5 in their last 20 games as favorites.
  • White Sox are 10-20 in their last 30 games as underdogs.
  • Shane Bieber has a 2.95 ERA in home games this season.
  • Lucas Giolito has allowed 3+ earned runs in 4 of his last 5 starts.
  • Under is 4-1 in Bieber's last 5 home starts.
  • White Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 games against right-handed starters.
  • Guardians are 5-1 in their last 6 games against teams with a losing record.
  • Over is 6-2 in White Sox's last 8 games following a loss.
  • White Sox are 4-11 in their last 15 road games against a team with a winning record.
  • Guardians are 12-4 in their last 16 home games against a team with a losing record.




Pick: Cleveland Guardians -1.5
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The Cleveland Guardians have the upper hand in this matchup with Shane Bieber on the mound and their overall better performance this season. The White Sox have struggled both offensively and defensively, and their bullpen has been unreliable. With the Guardians' strong home record and the White Sox's poor form on the road, the Guardians are likely to cover the spread. Expect Bieber to dominate the White Sox's lineup and the Guardians' offense to take advantage of Giolito's inconsistencies.


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