White Sox vs. Cubs: MLB Odds Offer Elite Pitching At An Underdog Price

Chris Sale

Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:59 PM GMT

The Cubs dropped two on the south side of Chicago but when they returned to Wrigley last night it was a different result as the Cubbies claimed an 8-1 victory. Let’s check the MLB odds in this Windy City showdown tonight.

Swinger's MLB Record: 58-28, +29.07 units
This truly is a “what have you done for me lately” business. After streaking through the MLB season and cashing a wicked 70 percent of my MLB picks, I went cold and dropped four consecutive games. During night after night of winners I heard virtually nothing from my Twitter followers but come yesterday, when I released the Cubs as a double-dipper on both the moneyline and run line, I was greeted with an amusing tweet from a man (woman?) named Jgtzjr @Diablos8fc. It was a GIF of a man climbing a rock wall and lurching to his next spot only to fall to the ground.

Clearly it was a poke at me tailing the Cubs after the club had dropped their first two to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Yes, I lost on both those games but kept the faith knowing that the Cubs would roll at Wrigley. Sure enough, they came through with an 8-1 triumph and we hit both the money line as well as the run line. The message is; keep doing what has been successful in the past. I don't blindly bet heavy favorites as evidenced by the beginning of my losing streak that started with the San Diego Padres +282, which fell short 3-2 to the Nationals. So let's review the MLB odds on the last of this four-game home-and-home set and keep cashing.

Is White Sox for Sale?
Chris Sale (14-3, 3.18 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) was suspended for five days after he allegedly cut up a team throwback uniform that apparently didn't jive with his taste in sportswear. In addition, the White Sox ace's name has been bandied about in trade rumors as the team began to plummet in the AL Central.

However, the trade deadline is looming and the White Sox may be viewing things differently after taking two from the best team in baseball. As of this moment, Chris Sale is a member of the Chicago White Sox and he will be taking the mound tonight in hopes of evening up their four-game set with their crosstown rivals.

Betting Analysis
The White Sox were held in check offensively last night but in their five previous games the club averaged 4.4 runs per game and won four of those five contests. Now they welcome a well-rested Chris Sale to the hill, fresh off a five day suspension, and he will look to notch his 15th win of the season which will lead the majors. Sale has had only two starts against the Cubs but they were both unqualified successes as he is 2-0 when starting against the Senior Circuit rivals with an ERA of 0.64 and a WHIP of 0.714. His team's record is 2-0 (+2.0 units) in these starts.

On the flipside we have John Lackey (7-7, 3.79 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) whose record is 0-5 over his last eight starts and is 3-7 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.224 WHIP against the White Sox throughout his career. Lackey has allowed an average of four runs over his last three starts and will try to get back on the winning track at home tonight.

The Cubs are clearly overmatched in this pitching matchup. Sale is among the best in the business and the Cubs have not hit him in the past and now that he's got an extra five days to rest his golden arm, the results will be the same. And if you want a more nebulous stat, the Cubs are 1-4 in their last five Thursday games. Let's get the benefit of an elite pitcher at an underdog price.

MLB Pick: White Sox +120
Best Line Offered: at BetDSI

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