We’re going to examine the inter-league clash today between the White Sox and Cubs. Which one of these Chicago teams will take the opener of this three game set? Read our enlightening betting preview article in order to find out.
Battle of Chicago
The Cubs and White Sox open a three game weekend series with a matinee 4:05 PM ET start today at Wrigley Field. This will be the first meeting of the season between these inter-league rivals. Since 2013, the Cubs have gone 5-3 in this head-to-head series, and those games went 4-2-2 over the total.
The White Sox will go with southpaw Carlos Rodon on the mound today. Rodon has been in bad form during his previous four starts, posting a sizable 7.32 ERA, and 1.83 WHIP. The White Sox hurler has struggled on the road this season with a 6.48 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in five starts. Rodon doesn’t figure to get much help from his bullpen. The White Sox bullpen has a lofty 4.68 ERA and a terrible 1.68 WHIP in away games.
Kyle Hendricks will get the starting assignment on Friday for the Cubs. Hendricks has been exceptionally good during his last two starts, allowing no earned runs on 8 hits, and compiling a 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio in 13 1/3 innings. Hendricks has gone a solid 5-2 in his team starts at Wrigley Field this year with a stellar 3.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and a better than 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Both Teams on a Roll
The White Sox head into this series having won seven of their last nine games. The Cubs have been playing good baseball of late as well winning seven of their previous ten.
The White Sox are coming off a seven game home stand, and they’ve gone a miserable 3-22 on the road since 2013 following four or more home games in a row. They’ve also gone a dismal 16-27 (.372) in away games in 2015.
The Cubs are coming off a 6-5 loss to St. Louis in their previous game on Wednesday. They’ve gone 24-14 this season following a loss. Since 2014, the Cubs are 8-1 versus American League teams with a team on base percentage of .320 or less, and the White Sox have an OBP of .291. The Cubs are also 9-4 versus southpaw starting pitchers this year.
I’m going to have a slight lean toward the home favorite in this game for one of my MLB picks on Friday. 5Dimes has the cheapest money line price on the favorite.
MLB Pick: Cubs -145 on the money line at 5Dimes.