The Sox took game 1 of the 4-game set with a final score of 4-2. Dylan Covey got his first win of the year as the White Sox limited the Jays to only 2 hits. What’s my deal, guys? I must be defeated when I fade the Sox on the year, as I did yesterday in the F5 innings. But my Over/Unders have been money on the season – so we’re still hanging right around even overall.
Money Line – CWS -110, TOR Ev
Run Line – CWS -1.5 (+175), TOR +1.5 (-200)
Over/Under – 9 (O -105, U -115)
First Pitch – 7:10 CST, Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois
Toronto Blue Jays
I keep saying it, and I’m waiting for them to break out, but we’ll see if it happens – the Blue Jays offense is trash. They were only able to grab 2 knocks off of Dylan Covey last night, who brought in a 6.09 ERA in his career. Friday is a new day though as they will face Ivan Nova in game two. I’m not going to lie, Nova was on my shit list to start the year but he has turned it up the last couple starts. I’ll get more into him below. The Jays call upon Aaron Sanchez to carry the workload on the rubber. Sanchez threw well when he faced the Sox on Mother’s Day, minus one inning, when he gave up 5 earned runs on 2 swings of the bat (HR’s from Alonso & Anderson). I’ll say it one more time for the people in the back – the Jays offense is awful and hasn’t made it happen recently – they carry a 3-12 record into this game over their last 15.
Chicago White Sox
You guys know how I feel about Nova – I don’t like him and I thought he should have been shipped out alongside Ervin Santana a couple of weeks ago. You can check back to one of my previews when I said something like, “I hope Nova enjoys his last start in a Sox uniform.” Well, the injuries to Chicago’s pitching staff and his decent outings have kept him around long enough to face the Jays on Friday night. As for most starters in this series, he faced the Jays just a few days back. On May 11th, Nova went 6.0 allowing 1 run on 5 hits and walking 3 batters. He sat down 3 Jays via the K in that game. Offensively, the hero of Thursday night’s game was Ryan Cordell. He laid down a sac-squeeze in the 8th to put the Sox up 3-2. They added an insurance run on a Leury Garcia Sac Fly.
Analysis & Prediction
The pitching matchup favors the Blue Jays in this one. Aaron Sanchez owns a 3-4 record but a 3.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. His counterpart, Ivan Nova, sits at 2-3 with a 6.29 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. This would be so much easier if the Jays had even a decent offense! I think we’ll really go on a run next week when the Sox face the Astros and the red-hot Twins, as these current games are a little tougher to call. But that’s why they pay me the big bucks, to make these tight calls. I am rolling with the Blue Jays on the ML for the game. I’m very “Fade-Nova.” I’ll go against the trend again here and hope the Jays figure out their bats. Throw 2 units on the Jays in this one. It will get us back to positive money on the year in Sox bets.
Trent’s White Sox Free Pick Record
7-9-1 (-1.29 Units). A $100 bettor would be down $129 this season.
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