Struggling at the plate
The Chicago Cubs have dropped the first two games of this series by scoring just a single run in each affair—leading directly to the UNDER cashing in both opportunities.
Shortstop Starlin Castro is 1 for 13 in three games after batting .387 in the previous eight.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Cubs have gone 15-29 as road underdogs of +100 to +125, with the UNDER going 25-16-3 in that situation.
The Chicago White Sox will try to win four games in a row for the first time this season, as they come off a 5-1 victory over the Cubs as +126 road underdogs Tuesday.
It’s important to point out that the bullpen has allowed just 10 earned runs in its last 58.2 innings of work—resulting in a 1.55 ERA over that span.
MLB handicappers will find that the White Sox are 19-27 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 since 2012.
Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (2-3, 3.35 ERA) has alternated wins and losses over his last four appearances, as he comes off a 6-5 home victory over the St. Louis Cardinals last time out—allowing three runs (two earned) and six hits over seven frames.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in two road outings, with opposing batters hitting .353 against him.
In two career starts versus the White Sox, Wood has produced a perfect 2-0 record and 2.25 ERA.
White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (2-2, 5.00 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 12-5 road defeat to the Cleveland Indians last time out, as he surrendered eight runs and 10 hits over five frames.
The left-hander has gone 1-1 with a 4.08 ERA in three home appearances—issuing 10 walks and striking out 11 batters over 17.2 combined innings.
In six lifetime starts versus the Cubs, Danks has compiled a 3-2 record and 3.06 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cubs as one of their MLB picks, as the White Sox have gone 2-8 in Danks’ last 10 home starts.
MLB Pick: Chicago Cubs +100