Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Matchup

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The Toronto Blue Jays are gunning for their fourth straight win as they play host to the Chicago White Sox at Rogers Centre. This AL matchup gets going at 7:07 p.m. ET and you can catch it on either NSC+ or RSN.

Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Odds

Toronto (+115) is the underdog to Chicago (-135) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this night game at 9 runs (-105 for the over and -115 for the under). Gamblers can also wager on the game’s spread with the runline odds standing at White Sox +1.5 runs (+160) and Blue Jays -1.5 runs (-170).

The Blue Jays are 3-2 SU and 2-2 ATS. The team’s gained 0.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.1 units against the spread (ATS). The White Sox have gone 2-1 SU this year and are 1-1 ATS. In total, the team’s accumulated 2.1 units for moneyline gamblers over the early part of the season and 0.0 units ATS.

Blue Jays games have an over/under record of 1-3 in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 1-1.

The White Sox have gained 1.1 units and are 1-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in one of those games, as opposed to zero that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Blue Jays have lost 1.0 units and are 1-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in one of those games, as opposed to two that’ve cashed the under.

Miguel Gonzalez will get the nod for Chicago. The right-handed Gonzalez started 27 games last year while finishing the season 8-13 overall with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

The Blue Jays are rolling with lefty J.A. Happ as their starter. Happ recorded 142 strikeouts across 145 innings last year (25 starts), while finishing the season 10-11 overall with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

As a unit, Toronto’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 4.45, a WHIP of 1.27 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.6. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.16, a WHIP of 1.02 and a K/9 of 9.2.

Toronto’s offense is putting up 3.8 runs per contest so far this season and the team has hit .205/.283/.404 to begin the year.

The Blue Jays’ offense has been led by first baseman Justin Smoak and right fielder Kevin Pillar. Smoak is hitting .368/.429/.789 with seven hits, eight RBIs and two runs scored, while Pillar is batting .375 with six hits, one RBI and four runs scored.

Pillar did not do particularly well against righties at home in 2017, slashing .208/.250/.303 across 236 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .255/.300/.403).

For the visiting squad, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 3.50 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.63, along with a K-per-9 of 6.75.

The White Sox offense has slashed .272/.370/.583 on its way to 6.7 runs scored per game this season.

Chicago’s hitters have been led by Davidson Davidson and Jose Abreu. Davidson has four hits, six RBIs and four runs scored, while Abreu is hitting .417/.462/.750 with five hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Abreu performed well against lefty pitching on the road in 2017, maintaining a slash line of .342/.383/.685 across 81 such plate appearances (compared to his total season line of .304/.354/.552).

Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The Blue Jays went 3-3 SU against the White Sox last season.
  • The Blue Jays’ bullpen managed an ERA of 5.50 against the White Sox last year.