If you tail me at SportsLine, you are well aware that I backed the White Sox -180 against the Guardians on Monday night. I'm still in utter shock that Chicago blew an 8-2 lead in the top of the ninth and lost 12-9 in 11 innings. Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor had a historic game in the big comeback, and he's priced +500 at Caesars Sportsbook to homer again tonight at Guaranteed Rate Field. Naylor also has an Over/Under of 0.5 RBIs with the Under a -210 favorite.
In his final three at-bats Monday, Naylor went 3-for-3 with two homers, a double, eight RBIs and two runs scored. He hit a game-tying, two-out grand slam off of Sox closer Liam Hendriks in the top of the ninth, and then the game-winning two-out three-run homer off of Ryan Burr in the top of the 11th. Naylor was the first player in MLB history with eight RBIs from the eighth inning on since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920. He was also the first player ever to hit two homers of three runs or more in the ninth inning or later of the same game.
Finally, Naylor was the third player in Cleveland history to hit two homers in the ninth inning or later, joining Willie Kirkland and Earl Averill. The Guardians hadn't rallied from a six-run deficit in the ninth inning or later to win a game since May 25, 2009.
It was the first multi-homer game for Naylor, who is an absurd 10-for-17 with runners in scoring position this year. He's batting .338 with four homers and 21 RBIs overall. Last June 27, Naylor suffered a broken right leg and ankle in a collision with Ernie Clement in right field against the Twins at Target Field that ended Naylor's season and endangered his career. It's safe to say that he's recovered well from that scare.
Chicago's six-game winning streak was snapped, and it was the team's first loss when leading by at least six runs in the ninth inning since May 28, 2016 vs. Kansas City.
The White Sox start Lucas Giolito (1-1, 3.20) tonight. Naylor has a single and no RBIs in six career at-bats against him. It's Giolito's 11th career start against Cleveland and sixth at Guaranteed Rate Field. He's 3-3 with a 2.00 ERA overall vs. the Guardians and 1-2 with a 1.99 ERA at home. The Sox are -185 at Caesars.
Cal Quantrill (1-1, 3.54) goes for the Guardians. He's held the opposition to three or fewer earned runs in each of his five outings this year. Quantrill didn't get a decision despite a 1.10 ERA in 16.1 innings last year against the White Sox.
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