On the evening of May 9, 2024, at 7:40 PM, the Cleveland Guardians will go head-to-head with the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, amidst expectations of light rain.

Leading the pitching lineup for the Guardians is Ben Lively, who boasts an impressive ERA of 2.077. His counterpart from the White Sox, Erick Fedde, will take the mound with an ERA of 3.462. This matchup suggests a strong advantage for the Guardians in terms of pitching.

The Guardians are leading the 2024 AL Central Division standings with a solid record of 19 wins against 9 losses, reflecting a .680 winning percentage. They also maintain a strong divisional record of 4 wins to 1 loss. Recently, the Guardians have shown formidable form, winning 7 of their last 10 matches, although they are coming off a loss. On the road, their performance remains strong with 11 wins and 5 losses.

Conversely, the Chicago White Sox are struggling at the bottom of the standings with just 6 wins to 23 losses, a dismal .210 winning percentage. Their divisional struggles are highlighted by only 2 wins against 16 losses. The White Sox have managed only 3 victories in their last 10 games and like the Guardians, are currently on a losing streak. They have a particularly poor record on the road, standing at 1-13.

In terms of betting odds, the Guardians are favored with a point spread of -1.5, while the over/under for the game is set at 8.0. Betting on the away team (Guardians), the money line is -161, indicating a stronger confidence in their victory as opposed to the home team (White Sox), which stands at +135. These odds suggest the Guardians are expected to win, but it’s the unpredictability of baseball that keeps the intrigue alive in every matchup.