MLB Baseball Betting: Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox

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The Toronto Blue Jays will try to claw their way up the AL East standings as they begin a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox. During the opening month of the season the White Sox played well and for a time were matching their overachieving crosstown rivals the Chicago Cubs win for win. That was then–this is now. The White Sox were unable to maintain that pace and in fact have sunk to a game under .500. They’re ‘treading water’ now having gone 5-5 in their last ten games. They’re 8-11 in the month of June and are on the verge of ‘throwing in the towel’. Rumor has it that they’ll try to move their best pitcher, lefthander Chris Sale, at the trade deadline.

The Blue Jays missed a great opportunity over the weekend in their series at Baltimore though they’re still in good shape to make a run for the AL East title. They enter play today 2.5 games behind the first place Orioles and one game back of the second place Boston Red Sox. They’ve got three games against the White Sox followed by a tricky three game series at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. Toronto is also hoping to recapture their punishing offensive form of a week or so ago. The White Sox are a good team to do that against.

Chicago will start a lefthander but not the dominating Sale–instead, they’ll go with Carlos Rodon who has been struggling this year. The White Sox have lost 10 of Rodon’s 13 starts and he’s put up a 4.16 ERA. At home, the Sox are 2-4 with Rodon’s ERA at 4.55. He’s put up better numbers in his last three starts with a 3.93 ERA but it hasn’t helped his team who have lost his last three assignments.

Toronto will go with righthander Aaron Sanchez who has pitched fairly well this year. He’s got a 4.74 ERA in his last three starts but that bloated number comes from a poor showing at home against Baltimore on 6/12 where he allowed 10 hits and 6 ER in 5 innings of work. Amazingly, the Jays came back in that game and Sanchez got the ‘W’. For the year, he’s got a 3.35 ERA and Toronto is 9-5 when he takes the hill.

Toronto doesn’t have great numbers against left handed starters but they shouldn’t have any trouble hitting Rodon. Just can’t see a compelling reason to bet a struggling White Sox team.


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