There’s chatter amongst Toronto natives like Drake, Mike Myers, and Keanu Reeves wondering if the Blue Jays will ever win another game. Toronto comes in losers of five straight and seven of eight overall. The White Sox enter this series looking to close out a stretch of 15 games in 14 days. The Sox are 16-20 on the year and sit in 4th in the A.L. Central while the Blue Jays are at 15-22, also 4th in their division.
Moneyline – TOR -140, CWS +130
Runline – TOR -1.5 (+140), CWS +1.5 (-160)
Over/Under – 9.5 (O Ev, U -120)
First Pitch – 6:07 CST, Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
Chicago White Sox
As we all know, this White Sox team can be frustrating to watch. After taking the first two games of the series with the Indians, they dropped the final pair by scores of 5-3 and 5-0. Pure mediocracy from our boys in black and white. I wonder how many times this season I will use some type of synonym to the word, “average” to describe our guys. Tonight Rick Renteria sends Dylan Covey to the mound to face a brutal Blue Jays offense – I’ll get more into them in a minute. Covey made his first start of the season this past Sunday when he went 4.2 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and walking 3 Red Sox. Covey brings in a lifetime 6.06 major league ERA over 197.2 innings. The Sox mustered 2 hits over 5 innings of baseball before getting rained out in a losing effort to Cleveland on Thursday. Abreu and Alonso were the only ones to hit safely.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are not very good. Since our friends to the north are focused on Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, the Jays have been able to slip by without getting too much criticism. By the way, that series is 3-3 with the 76ers and Game 7 will take place on Sunday evening in Toronto. After pretty much reviving his career last season with the DBacks, Clay Buchholz has been no bueno this season. He sits at 0-2 with an ERA over 6.5 and a WHIP of 1.54. Clay hasn’t gone over 5.0 innings since April 13th – he’s getting hammered by opposing batters and not making it long into games. Most recently, he was rocked by the Rangers, giving up 7 earned over only 4.0 innings pitched. We have to highlight Vlad, right? Of course we do! Well, it hasn’t been an ideal start for the top prospect, he’s batting .162 over 10 games with only 1 RBI and 11 K’s. This team’s offense is trash – 27th in team batting average (.221), 28th in OBP (.284), and 28th in slugging (.359).
Analysis & Prediction
The Jays have been a profitable fade over the last week. They enter this series scoring only 1 run over 3 games, which were all losses to a solid Twins squad. The White Sox have been good when opening series as of recent. They come in having won their last five straight series openers. The fact that the Clay Buchholz has been dog shit this year, combined with the Sox getting enough production from their whole lineup, I’m taking the White Sox in this game and pairing that with the Under. Throw 2U on the Under here and 1U on the Sox. Let’s get on a run here with some winners – I have an urge to make you guys some money this weekend.
Trent’s White Sox Free Pick Record
4-6 (-2.18 Units). A $100 bettor would be down $218 this season.
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