AL Central Matchup Could Expose Teams
The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Guardians are sitting atop the AL Central in first and second, respectively, however, both teams have found their spots in entirely different ways. The White Sox had fairly easy opponents to start the season but were tested, and they took two of three from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Meanwhile, the Guardians also started out with easy opponents but were swept by the potent San Francisco Giants over the weekend. Could this series expose the Guardians as busts and the White Sox as a perennial powerhouse in 2022?
White Sox Showing Balance
The Chicago White Sox have used a well-balanced attack to games this season with good pitching and timely hitting so far. Taking two of three from the Tampa Bay Rays this past weekend at home was a huge early test for the White Sox, who are looking to make a deep postseason run this year.
The offense is usually the White Sox strong point, but they have not exploded for scoring in many of their games, but the time will come when they break out. For now, stay away from the White Sox on runline bets as they have failed to cover in six of nine games this year.
With crafty veteran Dallas Keuchel on the mound, he will be looking to carve up Guardians hitters who could only muster four runs over three games this past weekend. They will be looking to rebound, but Keuchel will be trying to keep them down for another game.
Guardians Struggle in Weekend Sweep
The Cleveland Guardians are coming into the AL Central matchup after a tough weekend against the Giants in which they could only plate four runs in the three-game series. They need to get back on track quickly before it turns into another offensively horrid season like 2021.
If there is one guy that can help the Guardians’ offense get back on track and not feel a ton of pressure, it will be young ace, Shane Bieber. The powerful righty struggled a bit in his last start giving up three runs and allowing three free passes, but don’t expect that to become a trend.
Bieber will be looking to keep the White Sox hitters at bay so that the offense can focus on getting back on track without needing to put up huge run support. Bieber has had good success against the White Sox in recent years, but usually lacks the run support to pick up many wins against the Southsiders.
White Sox vs Guardians Head-to-Head
In 2021, the White Sox took the season series by a slim margin, 10-9 over the Guardians. With this being an AL Central match-up, the White Sox need to step up their game against division rivals this season. Now is the time to do that against a Guardians team that struggled in the last three games.
With the pitching matchups and the offensive output of both teams as of late, don’t expect a high-scoring affair in this game on Monday night. MLB lines will be very tight.
White Sox vs Guardians Game Information
- Game: White Sox (6-3) vs Guardians (4-5)
- Location: Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
- Day/Time: Monday, April 18th 6:10 p.m. ET
- White Sox vs Guardians Live stream: MLB.tv
White Sox vs Guardians Betting Lines
White Sox vs Guardians Prediction
With Shane Bieber on the mound and always a threat to shut down powerful offenses, the Guardians are actually a slight favorite in the moneyline at -110, and the White Sox are even. The Las Vegas odds aren’t giving a lot of great options on this game, but a solid opportunity would be the Guardians covering the run line at -1 ½ +155.
The Guardians will need to muster enough offense to win by two runs, with Shave Bieber throwing a gem against the White Sox. This is more plausible and worth your bet than messing with an almost even, moneyline wager.
When you bet online for Monday’s games, take the Guardians run line at -1 ½ +155 over the White Sox.
Pick: Cleveland Guardians -1 ½ +155