Guardians (21-26) vs. White Sox (19-30) Game Preview | Tue 6:10 PM. EST. 5/23

May 23, 2023

Andy Billman

Panic Button On Hold, at Least For a Day.

3 Things Preview Guardians vs. White Sox:

1 – Bird death

In the bottom of the 2nd, Will Brennan hit a single to left field and sadly hit a bird in the infield, killing it.  Brennan issued an apology after the game on Twitter: “I truly am sorry @peta and bird enthusiasts. An unfortunate sacrifice.”

2 – Logan Allen

Logan Allen is on the bump today for the Guards. Allen has done a nice job with an ERA of 3.04 and has not given up more than three runs in his starts. Aaron Civale and Triston McKenzie are on rehab assignments and are getting closer to returning to the club. It will be interesting what Cleveland decides to do with Allen as I believe he’s earned the right to stay up, even in a temporary role as a reliever. 

3 – Gabriel Arias  

Last night, Gabriel Arias did not get a hit but did walk twice scoring two runs for the Guardians. Arias is clearly making an impression, I wonder if Manager Terry Francona might try him in right field as the infield is a log jam. Or if Andres Gimenez continues to struggle, maybe a brief stint at second base is possible. 

Guardians Notes

Cleveland Guardians catcher Mike Zunino can finally breathe a sigh of relief after breaking his long slump with a crucial home run. Following a 3-0 victory on Monday, Zunino and the Guardians are set to face the Chicago White Sox in the second game of their three-game series. In the seventh inning, with Cleveland holding a 1-0 lead, Zunino sealed the win with a two-run homer.

This blast marked Zunino’s third home run of the season, ending a drought that had lasted since April 28. In 2021, the 32-year-old achieved a career-high of 33 homers while playing for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Prior to Monday’s game, Zunino had been struggling, going 1-for-29 at the plate and striking out 21 times in that span. His 341-foot shot to right field helped the Guardians break a three-game losing streak.

Guardians manager Terry Francona expressed his happiness for Zunino, acknowledging his relentless work ethic despite not reaping significant rewards. Francona commented, “It made me feel good when I saw the way that dugout reacted.”

Guards Stats and Insights


  • When Allen starts, his team is 3-2-0 against the spread this season.
  • The left-hander gave up one earned run in 5 2/3 innings pitched on Thursday in his last outing, a matchup with the Chicago White Sox.
  • Allen has started five games this season, and he’s lasted five or more innings four times. He averages 5.2 innings per appearance.
  • Allen’s team has won 66.7% of his starts when they are favored on the money line (2-1).
  • Allen’s team has won three of his five starts this season.
  • Out of Allen’s five starts with a total this season, two have hit the over.


  • The Guardians’ 29 home runs rank last in MLB this season.
  • Hitters for Cleveland have combined to rank last in the majors with a .341 team slugging percentage.
  • The Guardians rank 28th in MLB with a team batting average of just .225.
  • Cleveland has scored the third-fewest runs in the majors this season with just 167 (3.6 per game).
  • The Guardians have an OBP of just .298 this season, which ranks 28th in MLB.
  • Cleveland is the best at avoiding strikeouts in MLB this season with only 334 as a team.

White Sox Notes

On the pitching side, the White Sox have struggled, posting a team ERA of 4.99, which ranks 26th in MLB. Their staff has recorded 450 strikeouts but has also given up 69 home runs and 257 runs, placing them 29th in the league. They have issued 181 walks, resulting in a FIP of 4.76. Opposing teams have tallied 417 base hits against them, averaging 8.9 hits per 9 innings, leading to 235 earned runs. The pitching staff has a K/BB ratio of 2.49 and a WHIP of 1.41.

In terms of the bullpen, the White Sox have utilized 164 relief pitchers throughout the season. They have inherited 73 runners and allowed 49.3% of them to score. The bullpen has recorded 9 saves but has blown 8 out of 17 save opportunities. Their save percentage stands at 52.9%, and they have entered the game in 44 save situations. Additionally, the relievers have accumulated 27 holds, ranking 8th in baseball. They have made 47 appearances with runners on base and have pitched in 60 high-leverage situations.

White Sox Stats and Insights


  • Cease (2-3) takes the mound first for the White Sox in his 11th start of the season. He’s put together a 4.78 ERA in 52 2/3 innings pitched, with 57 strikeouts.
  • In his most recent appearance on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians, the righty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs while surrendering five hits.
  • Cease will aim to pitch five or more innings for his fifth straight start. He’s averaging 5.2 innings per outing.
  • The White Sox were the money line underdog for two Cease starts this season — they lost both.
  • Cease’s team has a 5-5 record in his starts this season.
  • Cease has had eight starts with a set total this season, and the teams combined to go over the total in four of those games.


  • The White Sox have averaged one home run per game to rank 18th in MLB action with 51 total home runs.
  • So far this season, Chicago ranks 20th in baseball, slugging .389.
  • The White Sox have the 19th-ranked batting average in the majors (.241).
  • Averaging 4.1 runs per game (203 total), Chicago is the 20th-highest-scoring team in baseball.
  • The White Sox’s .300 on-base percentage is the fourth-worst in the majors.

Final Thoughts/Pick

The Chicago White Sox entered Monday night’s game against Cleveland in excellent form, securing six victories in their last ten outings. They have had a solid batting average of .252 when facing left-handed pitchers this season, and their team OBP against lefties surpasses .700. Logan Allen has encountered some challenges recently, allowing 15 hits in his previous 10 innings on the mound. Cease boasts an impressive 12.0 strikeouts per 9 innings rate when playing away games this season. The Cleveland lineup ranks 29th in runs scored across all of Major League Baseball. The Guardians, unfortunately, have struggled as of late, managing only three victories in their last ten games. Furthermore, they suffered defeats in two out of three matchups against the White Sox during their previous series in Chicago last week. Guardians did win the game on Monday to open the series in a way in which we are sure no better had a bet placed with their favorite sportsbook app on Mike Zunino hitting a home run.

Our Pick: Take the Guardians to win 4-2 in a low-scoring game.

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