Was yesterday boring AF or what? No White Sox game?! The boys are back in action tonight as they split their 2-game set with the Indians and finished off their 15 game/14 day stretch. They will host the Blue Jays for 4 games, whom they just took 2 of 3 last weekend, north of the border.
Moneyline – TOR -135, CWS +125
Runline – TOR -1.5 (+120), CWS +1.5 (-140)
Over/Under – 9 (-110)
First Pitch – 7:10 CST, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto is ass – plain and simple. They are on a 3-11 run over their last 14 games and have a GOD-AWFUL offense. As I mentioned in all of my previews last week, they rank in the bottom 5 teams in all major hitting categories. Pitching-wise, they will send Marcus Stroman to the bump for the opener. Stroman threw decent last time out vs the White Sox, picking up a quality start in a losing effort. He carries a 3.12 ERA into the game and a 1.29 WHIP.
Chicago White Sox
How many times will I say it this season? Chicago is the epitome of average baseball teams. Their 19-22 record lands them in 3rd in the A.L Central, sitting 7.5 back of the Twins. Dylan Covey gets the nod for the Southsiders. Covey is filling in for this plagued pitching staff and over his two starts, he’s given up six runs over 9.1 innings. His last time out was against Toronto when he gave up a 3-run bomb to Randal Grichuk in the 1st and a solo shot to Teoscar Hernandez in the 2nd. He settled in after that for the next 2+ innings but the Sox could only muster 3 runs as they ultimately lost 4-3. Chicago was shutout by Cleveland, 9-0. They accumulated 7 hits, 2 of which were picked up by Yonder Alonso.
Analysis & Prediction
The Jays have been a very profitable fade over the last few weeks and the only reason they are a favorite in this one is because they have Stroman on the mound. The Blue Jays, although they’ve had an awful stretch recently, averaged 5 runs per game over their 2-game series with the Giants. They will face Covey, who has a career 6.09 ERA tonight. I am saying we roll with a 2 Unit bet on the Blue Jays in the First 5 innings (-140). Stroman, a veteran, has struggled a little bit but I think he settles in here and bounces back. I will say the opposite for Covey, as a younger pitcher the advantage would go to Blue Jay hitters. I also will be putting two on the Under for this game. 10 runs will be a lot to cover and I won’t be angry if we push at 9. The Blue Jays should be able to grab a few runs early to cover that F5 and then slow down against the Sox bullpen.
Trent’s White Sox Free Pick Record
6-8-1 (-1.11 Units). A $100 bettor would be down $111 this season.
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