MLB Baseball Betting: Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Baseball Betting:  Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays&h=235&w=320&zc=1

The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to be something of a bright spot for Canadian sports fans to help them get over the ignominy of this year’s NHL season. With a Stanley Cup playoffs underway without *any* Canadian teams for only the second time in history, they need all of the positivity they can get but so far the Jays have been decidedly mediocre. They’re currently in third place in the AL East with a record of 10-11 though much like the NHL Pacific Division early in the season it’s a division that no one is doing much in. Baltimore leads with a record of 11-7 leaving Toronto a very manageable 2.5 games out of first place.

The bad news in this matchup is that they’re facing a very tough opponent in the Chicago White Sox who are currently atop the AL Central. The White Sox are 14-6 and have won 6 of 10, entering this matchup on a 4 game winning streak. They’ve been very good away from home posting a record of 8-3 +5.8 units on the road. They’ve pounded right handed starters this year to the tune of 11-4 +7.9 units. They took a win in the first of this three game series on Monday night. The White Sox will start lefthander Chris Sale tonight and he’s been in exceptional form this year. The White Sox have won all four of his 2016 starts, he’s averaging 7.5 innings per start and has posted an ERA of 1.80 with 26 strikeouts to only 2 walks. He’s been even better in his last three starts with a 1.17 ERA.

Toronto will counter with R.A. Dickey and the knuckleball hasn’t been ‘dancing’ so far this season. Toronto has lost 3 of 4 Dickey starts year to date as the veteran righthander has posted a 6.10 ERA with 10 walks and 19 K’s. Chicago has had little trouble hitting Dickey since he came to the American League–they’ve got a 7.50 ERA against him with a 4-3 record.

With the White Sox cruising on the road this looks like a great chance to take an ace lefthander at a very reasonable price. Toronto has a solid roster and should come around as the season progresses but hard to see them doing much with Sale here in his current form.


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