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Chicago White Sox take on Indians in baseball test

Chicago White Sox

Cleveland Indians
62-95 September 25, 2013, 07:05 PM | Progressive Field 87-70

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Chicago duelling Cleveland on Wednesday at Progressive Field.

For the Indians, Danny Salazar gets the ball, charged with keeping the White Sox hitters off the base paths. He'll face Dylan Axelrod, 4-10 on the year.

View Chicago White Sox vs Cleveland Indians Odds and Stats.

Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Indians as -238 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Indians rated this week at No. 4 and the White Sox sitting at No. 29.

In their last action, Chicago was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Indians. Bettors on Cleveland at -205 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Indians, who beat them 5-4 on Tuesday behind a start from Ubaldo Jimenez at Progressive Field.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Cleveland has baseball's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 8.52 hits per game. The White Sox average 8.61 hits per game, good for No. 14 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the No. 24-rated road mark, allowing 4.48 runs per game on the highway. Cleveland, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

A few White Sox at Indians trends to consider:
Chi White Sox is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games
Chi White Sox is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games on the road
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Cleveland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi White Sox
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Cleveland's last 8 games when playing Chi White Sox

Next up:
Chicago at Kansas City, Thursday, September 26th
Cleveland at Minnesota, Thursday, September 26th