Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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The Chicago Cubs will head across the Windy City to Guaranteed Rate Field to square off against the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago will be televising this interleague matchup and the game gets going at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox Odds

The Cubs (-160) are favored over the White Sox (+150) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this afternoon game at nine runs (-120 for the under and +100 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at -110 for the Cubs -1.5 runs and -110 for the White Sox +1.5.

The Cubs are 89-63 SU and are 75-77 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle a whole lot this year, gaining 3.5 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 2.0 units ATS. They have covered the spread only twice over their last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 60-92 SU and 77-74 ATS. The team’s lost 16.3 units for moneyline bettors and 2.9 units ATS. They have a 3-4 ATS mark over their last seven outings and the under has cashed in three of those seven.

White Sox games have an over/under record of 70-73-8 in 2018. The Cubs have been a decent under bet with a total record of 67-82-3.

The southpaw Jose Quintana is projected to start for the visiting Cubs. Quintana (13-10, 3.95 ERA) has recorded 142 strikeouts in 159.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The White Sox are putting the ball in the hands of righty Reynaldo Lopez (6-9, 4.05 ERA), who’s got 138 strikeouts and 70 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.29. Lopez did not record a start against the Cubs in 2017.

the Cubs’ pitchers have allowed 3.9 runs per game and their starters own a 3.89 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 7.84 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.30, along with a WHIP of 1.34 and a K/9 of 8.62.

Cubs hitters have slashed .259/.337/.413 on their way to 4.7 runs scored per game in 2018, including 2.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Second baseman Javier Baez and first baseman Anthony Rizzo continue to lead Chicago’s offense. Baez is hitting .294/.329/.569 with 33 home runs, 107 RBIs, 96 runs and 21 stolen bases, while Rizzo (.276/.372/.464) is up to 24 homers, 95 RBIs and 68 runs scored.

For the home team, the White Sox’ pitching staff has allowed 5.2 runs per game overall this year. Their starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.91, a WHIP of 1.38 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.7. The bullpen has a 4.48 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 9.7 K/9.

The Chicago hitters are putting up 4.1 runs per contest, including 3.3 per game over its last 10 games and 3.0 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .219/.289/.388 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Third baseman Yolmer Sanchez and first baseman Jose Abreu have led the White Sox hitters this year. Sanchez is hitting .248/.315/.381 with eight home runs, 52 RBIs, 57 runs and 14 stolen bases, and Abreu’s line is .265/.325/.473 with 22 homers, 78 RBIs and 68 runs.

The Cubs have gained 0.7 units and are 58-60 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 51 of those games, compared to 64 that’ve hit the under against righties. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 5.4 units and are 20-18 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 16 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve gone under.

Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in only two of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have recorded 18.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over their last 10 outings and 19.0 over their last five.
  • The Cubs have hit six home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.