Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs Free Pick

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The streaking Chicago Cubs will go for their sixth straight win as they play host to the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field. The game gets underway 2:20 p.m. ET and WGN is in line to showcase this interleague showdown.

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs Odds

The Cubs are 21-15 SU and 16-19 ATS. The teams lost 2.2 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units against the spread (ATS). They have a 3-4 ATS mark over their last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The White Sox are 9-27 SU and have gone 17-18 ATS. In total, the teams lost 15.9 units for moneyline gamblers over the early part of the season and 4.7 units ATS. covered the spread only twice over their last seven games and the over has hit in six of those seven.

Cubs games have an over/under record of 16-19 so far in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 18-15-2.

Lucas Giolito will get the nod for Chicago. The right-handed Giolito is 1-4 with a 7.25 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Cubs this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Cubs will turn to righty Kyle Hendricks (3-2, 3.02 ERA) to the mound. Hendricks has 32 punchouts and nine walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.03. Hendricks only made one start against the White Sox in 2017 (0-0, 2.08 ERA and five strikeouts across 4.1 innings).

As a unit, the Cubs pitchers have given up 3.9 runs per game overall in 2018. Their starting pitching staff has a 3.83 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.77, a WHIP of 1.21 and a K/9 of 8.8.

The Chicago offense is putting up 5.5 runs per outing, including 6.4 per game over its last 10 games and 10.0 per game over its last five. The team has hit .352/.435/.659 over its last five contests and is 5-0 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Kris Bryant and second baseman Javier Baez have led the charge for the Cubs offense so far. Bryant is hitting .294/.433/.597 with seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 26 runs scored, and Baez is hitting .283 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 27 runs.

For the visiting squad, the White Sox pitching staff allowed 5.9 runs per game and their starters own a 5.81 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 5.86 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.85, along with a WHIP of 1.52 and a K-per-9 of 9.09.

The White Sox offense has slashed .243/.313/.415 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game this season, including 3.8 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 4.0 per game over the teams last five outings (0-5 SU).

Chicago’s hitters have been powered by Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu. Davidson is slashing .250/.380/.563 with 10 home runs, 22 RBIs and 17 runs scored, while Abreu (.285/.353/.496) has produced seven homers, 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored.

The White Sox have lost 12.2 units and are 13-14 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 13 of those games, as opposed to 12 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Cubs have lost 1.8 units and are 11-13 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 11 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under.

Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The White Sox have hit 11 home runs in their last 10 games. The Cubs have hit 19 over their last 10.
  • The White Sox have recorded 19.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over their last 10 contests and 19.6 over their last five.
  • The White Sox have lost 11 of their last 12 games SU.