Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 9, 2024

Published on:
May 9, 2024 6:16 AM
The Cleveland Guardians, holding a strong 24-13 overall record and 12-7 road record, travel to Guaranteed Rate Field to take on the struggling Chicago White Sox, who are 9-28 overall and 5-12 at home. The Guardians lead the regular season series 2-1, looking to capitalize on their momentum. Catch the action on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at 7:40 PM.
Written by
Cleveland Guardians
Chicago White Sox

Guardians vs White Sox starting pitchers

As the Cleveland Guardians prepare to face the Chicago White Sox, the pitching matchup promises to be a tactical battle featuring Ben Lively for the Guardians against Erick Fedde of the White Sox. Ben Lively comes into the game with a strong ERA of 2.08, bolstered by 24 strikeouts and a commendable WHIP of 1.02 across over 21 full innings of work this season, showcasing his ability to manage games well by limiting hits and walks. On the other hand, Erick Fedde, maintaining an undefeated record with a 3.46 ERA and a WHIP of 1.18 in 39 full innings, brings a more aggressive approach with a higher strikeout count of 41. Both pitchers reveal contrasting styles and strengths – Lively's precision and control against Fedde's propensity for strikeouts and slightly higher ERA – setting the stage for an intriguing pitching duel that could be pivotal in the outcome of this matchup.

Guardians vs White Sox game preview

As the Cleveland Guardians prepare to face off against the Chicago White Sox, their season statistics offer insights into their potential strategies and challenges for the encounter. The Guardians have demonstrated a commendable ability to get on base and score, as shown by their ranks in runs scored (8th) and hits (tied-16th). Notably, their baserunning has been aggressive and successful, with the team ranking 7th in stolen bases. However, they have shown a vulnerability in leaving runners on base, having a lesser performance in that area (tied-24th). The loss of Steven Kwan, one of their top hitters, due to a hamstring injury could also impact their lineup depth and productivity. Having Ben Lively as the probable starting pitcher could be pivotal, depending on his performance on the mound, as he'll need to manage a Chicago team that, despite struggles, can still be unpredictable.

Turning to the Chicago White Sox, their season so far has been underwhelming, particularly at the plate. Ranking 30th in both runs scored and hits, and 29th in both pitches faced and batting average, reveals a lineup that has struggled considerably to generate offensive momentum. The team has similarly faced difficulty with power hitting, reflected in their low numbers of home runs and runs batted in. Erick Fedde stepping in as the probable starting pitcher presents an opportunity for the White Sox to potentially stabilize their pitching performance, which will be crucial in containing the Guardian's relatively better offense. The game presents a chance for Chicago to address these offensive shortcomings and leverage any innings where they manage to put pressure on Cleveland's defense, especially in testing a Guardians team that may feel the absence of a key player like Kwan.

Chicago White Sox injuries

  • Corey Knebel (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Danny Mendick (3B): 10-Day-IL
  • Luis Robert Jr. (CF): 10-Day-IL
  • Ryan Burrowes (SS): Out
  • Dominic Leone (RP): 15-Day-IL

Cleveland Guardians injuries

  • Eli Morgan (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Nic Enright (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Angel Martinez (2B): 60-Day-IL
  • James Karinchak (RP): 60-Day-IL
  • Joey Cantillo (RP): Day-To-Day

Guardians vs White Sox predictions

Alright, let's get down to business - the betting odds for this one are pretty intriguing. The Guardians are sitting at -165, which is pretty steep considering they're on the road. I mean, I get it, they've been on fire lately, but that's a lot of juice to lay down. Meanwhile, the White Sox are +135, which I think is a decent value play considering they're at home. But let's be real, their season has been a disaster so far. I'd need to see some serious signs of life from them before I'd consider taking them to win outright.

Okay, now that we've got the odds out of the way, let's talk about what's really important - the players. I think Jose Ramirez is due for a big game, and I'm projecting him to go 2-4 with a homer and three RBIs. And don't even get me started on Josh Naylor - I think he's going to keep crushing it, and I've got him down for 3-4 with two RBIs. On the other side, I think Andrew Benintendi is going to have a solid game, but the White Sox just don't have the firepower to keep up with the Guardians. I've got Ben Lively going 6 strong innings with 7 Ks, and the Guardians' bullpen shutting the door in the late innings. In the end, I think the Guardians take this one 7-4. The White Sox just can't get out of their own way, and the Guardians are rolling. Take the Guardians -165, and don't look back.

Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox Betting Odds

Real-time odds powered by Optimal

More Picks