By: Hector Duran & Trent Pruitt
Last night was an absolute beatdown. As a White Sox fan, that was absolutely embarrassing. It wasn’t that the Southsiders lost, it was essentially expected as Yu Darvish has been a savage this season; but it was the fashion in which they lost. I’m 100% jacking this intro with my White Sox fandom but I don’t care – it has to be said. They pissed away a division title, hosting a playoff series as a top seed, have losted six straight, and sent out Yolmer Sanchez to “preserve the bullpen???” Are you fucking kidding me… Have some pride. We’re literally never going to hear the end of it, “Remember that time Javy Baez hit a double batting lefty.” Unreal.
Anyways, let’s dive into this game. I’ll send it over to Hector, who is our Cubs writer, and I’m sure he’ll dive into his reactions to game one and then transition into tonight’s matchup featuring Jon Lester and Dane Dunning!
Money Line: CWS -156, CHC +144
Run Line: CWS -1.5 (+120), CHC +1.5 (-140)
Total: 9 (O -125, U +105)
First Pitch: 6:10 CST, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL
Hector’s Analysis & Best Bet
As Trent said, that Sox game was embarrassing for their fans. I decided to flip on the Sox postgame show just to see the reaction and Frank Thomas summed it up best. As for myself and other Cub fans, last night’s game was a treat. Darvish looked great and hopefully that was enough for him to earn the Cy Young award. The offense, which had been slumping for what seems like forever, finally picked up some steam and put up 10 runs which was awesome to see. The offense has always been inconsistent so if this team can find their stride with the bats going into the postseason, then it should be a good October on the north side.
Now to get into the game…this could be Lester’s last regular season start as a Cub so I think he leaves it all out on the diamond. The Sox bats have been ice cold for about a week now and it is tough to see them rebound from last night’s game. I am going to take the White Sox under 5.5 runs at -140. We may see Jose Quintana come out of the bullpen. He was scheduled to start tomorrow but instead it will be Adbert Alzolay and it is known that Q will come out of the pen to get some work in before the postseason kicks off. I feel that he will be the first guy out of the pen and go a few innings which makes a nice combo. I am going to be betting against the Sox offense until they can prove to me they can push some runs across.
Trent’s Analysis & Best Bet
I said all I had to say in the intro. Take the White Sox -156 for a unit. 13-0 vs. LHP. It’s a trend that we’ve been cashing in on all season!
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