The focus on Tuesday is in Cleveland and there are two bets worth considering when the Chicago White Sox visit the Indians. As a slight underdog at 2.08 the White Sox have a good chance at pulling off the upset against the Indians (on at 1.75).
Chicago struggled in its opening series against the Texas Rangers and will benefit by seeing a starter in Jeanmar Gonzalez who isn’t as talented as who they had to face in Arlington. This is Gonzalez’s first time on an opening day roster and the potential for jitters are there as well. Moreover, as a right-hander, Gonzalez will be a great sight for one of the key men in the White Sox line up – Adam Dunn.
The left-handed slugging Dunn is coming off the worst season of his career but looked better in Spring Training. Nevertheless, he struggles against lefties and after the White Sox faced two straight tough ones versus the Rangers, this will be the second straight right-hander he faces in Cleveland. That should help get him in a groove. The result: it could be a good night for Dunn and the White Sox.
Considering the pitching match-up, I also believe going over the 7.5 line at 1.85 (rather than the under at 1.95) is a good bet. Gonzalez’s pitching opponent is Philip Humber.
A former top prospect, Humber seemed to have a breakthrough in 2011 when he posted a career best 3.75 ERA. But if you dig deeper into the stats, you’ll see that he struggled terribly in the second half of last season, posting a 1-4 record with a 5.01 ERA. I believe he’ll have just enough to keep his club in the game, but a high scoring affair is likely.