Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox Free Pick

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The Chicago Cubs will be taking on the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The opening pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET and this interleague showdown will be shown on either WLS or NSCH.

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox Odds

Oddsmakers are listing the White Sox (+150) as the underdog to The Cubs (-160). Gamblers can bet on the game’s total with odds posted at -120 for over 8.5 runs and even money (+100) for under 8.5. Runline odds sit at -110 for taking the Cubs -1.5 runs and -110 for the White Sox +1.5.

The White Sox are 79-74 against the spread (ATS), but only 61-93 straight up (SU). They’ve lost 12.5 units for moneyline bettors and 0.8 units (ATS). They’ve covered the spread four times in their last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven. The Cubs, on the other hand, have gone 90-64 SU this year and are 75-78 ATS. In total, the team’s gained 1.6 units for moneyline gamblers, but have lost 3.3 units ATS. covered the spread only twice over their last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

White Sox games have an over/under record of 71-74-8 in 2018. The Cubs have been a decent under bet with a total record of 68-82-3.

Kyle Hendricks will get the nod for Chicago. The right-handed Hendricks is 12-11 with a 3.58 ERA and 154 strikeouts. He’s 0-1 with six strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA against the White Sox this year.

The White Sox are putting the ball in the hands of lefty Carlos Rodon (6-6, 3.22 ERA), who has 85 strikeouts and 51 walks to his name, as well as a 1.13 WHIP. Rodon has yet to face the Cubs this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 9.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts across four innings).

the Cubs’ pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and their starting pitchers own a 3.91 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 7.87 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.34, along with a K-per-9 of 8.61.

Cubs hitters have slashed .258/.336/.412 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game this year, including 3.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have paced Chicago’s hitters. Baez is slashing .293/.329/.569 with 34 home runs, 110 RBIs, 97 runs and 21 stolen bases, while Rizzo (.276/.372/.462) has produced 24 homers, 95 RBIs and 68 runs scored.

In the other dugout, the White Sox’ pitching staff has allowed 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018. Their starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.90, a WHIP of 1.38 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.8. The bullpen has a 4.53 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

The Chicago offense is putting up 4.1 runs per outing, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .274/.324/.426 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Third baseman Yolmer Sanchez and shortstop Tim Anderson have led the White Sox batters this year. Sanchez is slashing .248/.314/.381 with eight home runs, 52 RBIs, 58 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Anderson’s line sits at .242/.283/.410 with 20 homers, 63 RBIs, 76 runs and 26 stolen bases.

The Cubs have gained 2.8 units and are 17-17 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 16 of those games, compared to 18 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 8.9 units and are 58-56 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 54 of those games, compared to 53 which went under the total.

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Cubs, ATS Winner – Cubs, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • Chicago has tallied 13 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Chicago has 15 XBH over its last five.
  • The Cubs have recorded 18.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over their last 10 contests and 21.2 over their last five.
  • The Cubs have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.