Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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The Chicago White Sox will be taking on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. ET and this interleague showdown will be shown on either WLS or NSCH.

Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 20-15 SU and 15-19 ATS. The teams lost 3.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 4.0 units against the spread (ATS). They’ve covered the spread only twice in their last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The White Sox have gone 9-26 SU this year and are 17-17 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 14.9 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 3.6 units ATS. They are 3-4 ATS over their last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven.

Cubs games have had an over/under record of 15-19 so far in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 17-15-2.

James Shields will get the start for Chicago. The right-handed Shields is 1-3 with a 5.14 ERA and 24 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-1, 6.75 ERA and four strikeouts over four innings).

The Cubs will send lefty Jon Lester (2-1, 2.82 ERA) to the mound. Lester has 31 strikeouts and 17 walks to his name, as well as a 1.33 WHIP. Lester only made one start against the White Sox in 2017 (1-0, 2.57 ERA and four strikeouts across seven innings).

the White Sox pitchers have allowed 5.8 runs per game and their starters own a 5.76 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 5.86 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.72, along with a WHIP of 1.52.

White Sox hitters have slashed .244/.313/.416 on their way to 3.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 3.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the teams last five contests (0-5 SU).

Chicago’s offensive production been led by Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada. Davidson is slashing .248/.376/.541 with nine home runs, 19 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Moncada (.263/.359/.509) is up to six homers, 15 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

Moncada did not do as well hitting against left-handed pitchers on the road in 2017. Over 40 such plate appearances, he maintained a slash line of .237/.275/.316 (his total season line was .231/.338/.412).

For the home team, the Cubs pitchers have given up 3.9 runs per game overall this year. Their starters have an ERA of 3.90, a WHIP of 1.37 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.2. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.63, a WHIP of 1.21 and a K/9 of 8.7.

The Chicago offense is putting up 5.4 runs per contest, including 5.9 per game over its last 10 games and 9.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .325/.395/.604 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

The Cubs hitters have been led by third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez. Bryant is hitting .302/.434/.612 with seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 25 runs scored, and Baez’s line is .278/.317/.617 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 25 runs scored.

The White Sox have lost 3.8 units and are 4-4 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in five of those games, compared to three that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 2.8 units and are 10-13 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 10 of those games, as opposed to 13 that’ve cashed the under.

Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The White Sox have lost 10 of their last 11 games SU.
  • The Cubs have recorded 25.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over their last 10 contests and 34.6 over their last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.