Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians
The Chicago White Sox should grab a home victory against the Cleveland Indians on Monday. White Sox starter Chris Sale will surely be a top contender for the Cy Young Award. He’s 17-7 with a 2.82 ERA and has registered a healthy 18 quality starts (six or more innings; three or fewer runs allowed) in 28 appearances. What has been particularly impressive from the left-hander is that, despite serving as a starter for the first time in his Major League career in 2012 (he was a reliever in 2011), he has continued to be effective in spite of the added work load. In September he’s registered a 2.92 ERA in four starts.
Sale's opposition, Zach McAllister, hasn’t been nearly as impressive. He’s 5-8 with a 4.31 ERA overall and in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins he went just 4 1/3 innings. He hasn’t won a game since August 11. Trust in Sale and go with the White Sox at 1.37, rather than the Indians at 3.10.
Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks are well-placed to take one on the road against the Colorado Rockies. Pitching at Coors Field is a tough call for any hurler, but Arizona starter Trevor Cahill has done pretty well there this season, going 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA over two starts. His ability to keep balls low in the strike zone and induce ground balls is ideal in a park like Coors, where fly balls either end up over the fence (because of the thin air) or in the power alleys for extra base hits (because of the expansive outfield).
Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood has a reputation for giving up fly balls, which isn’t good when your jersey says “Rockies”. Not surprisingly, he has a 4-5 record and a 5.73 ERA this season. Look for the Diamondbacks to pick up the win at 1.65. As a result, pass on the Rockies at 2.25.