by GT Staff | Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians (-170, 11½): There have always been good pitchers on bad teams but the Indians’ Cliff Lee (19-2, 2.43 ERA) really takes the cake with his superb consistency in 2008. The not-so-hefty lefty has been money for both his Indians as well as sports bettors who have learned to blindly back Mr. Lee no matter what the price.
Tonight Cliff faces the White Sox, a team he held to just one earned run in a no-decision on July 1. The Pale Hose snapped a three-game losing skid in Beantown on Sunday but are still on the road where they are just 31-37. Pitching for the ChiSox is Clayton Richard (2-2, 6.33), a southpaw who has earned two straight wins since being called back up from AAA Charlotte.
The edge here is with the Indians as they are at home, they have possibly the best pitcher in all of baseball hurling for them and the team has won 10 of their last 13, dropping the last three after reeling off an impressive 10-game win streak. This game is also a good UNDER (11½) candidate with it being Monday and all one team caring about winning and the other caring about putting forth maximum effort for their ace. How can we not back Mr. Lee in this spot? And the line (-170) reveals just how much respect the oddsmakers have built up for this likely AL Cy Young winner. INDIANS -170.