On the evening of May 9th, 2024, Major League Baseball fans will witness a clash between the Cleveland Guardians and the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, starting at 7:40 PM under a light rain forecast. Steering the game for the Guardians is pitcher Ben Lively, who enters the game with an impressive ERA of 2.077. Opposing him on the mound for the White Sox will be Erick Fedde, who holds an ERA of 3.462.

In the 2024 AL Central Division standings, the Guardians are leading with a commanding record of 19-9. They have proven particularly effective in divisional games with a record of 4-1. The team’s recent performance remains strong, having captured 7 wins in their last 10 appearances, though they’ve hit a minor snag with a recent loss. The Guardians have shown balance with an 8-4 record at home and an even stronger 11-5 on the road. They’ve scored 143 runs so far while conceding 97.

Meanwhile, the White Sox are struggling at the bottom of the standings. Their current record stands at 6-23, with a dismal 0.21 winning percentage. They’ve had a tough time against division opponents, recording only 2 wins to 16 losses. Their road game struggles are highlighted by a 1-13 record.

From a betting perspective, the odds suggest a stronger confidence in the Guardians with the Point Spread set at 1.5 and an Over/Under of 8.0. Those looking to wager will find the Away Team Money Line for the Guardians at -161, indicating a stronger favoritism toward them, while the Home Team Money Line for the White Sox is set at 135, suggesting less confidence in their winning chances.