No team enjoys as big of a lead in their division than the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central, and they’ll try to increase the advantage even more with the continuation of a series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday’s sports betting card.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – 8:10PM EDT at Guaranteed Rate Field
A full complement of MLB scores Tuesday included a 6-1 Chicago win, the White Sox breaking open a close contest with a 5-run eighth inning. That one big frame only made ‘under’ bettors a little nervous with the total set at 8½ runs, and the final continued a trend from 2019 when the clubs last faced off with five of their seven matchups that season failing to reach the totals.
The second game of the set pits youth against a grizzled veteran in the initial mound duel, rookie Alek Manoah (1-0, 3.86) on tap for Toronto opposite Chicago’s Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23).
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Toronto nursed a 1-0 lead in the series opener until the final couple of innings, and had chances to build on that lead before the White Sox blew the game open. The lineup failed to come up with key hits, going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and leaving nine runners on.
After three dominating starts at Triple-A where he allowed just one run and struck out 27 in 19 innings, Toronto called Manoah up nearly two weeks ago to make his MLB debut. Closing as a small underdog at online betting sites, the former 1st-round pick out of West Virginia delivered a strong effort, and did so on the big stage at Yankee Stadium with six innings of shutout baseball for the win.
Manoah followed that up with a less than stellar performance this past week against the Marlins, lifted in the fourth after surrendering three home runs. Toronto did manage to rally for three runs in the ninth to win the contest, 6-5, thanks in large part to Blue Jays relievers getting Manoah out of a jam when he left with the sacks full in his final inning. He later blamed poor control with his off-speed pitches.
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Chicago hitters were stymied by Toronto’s Robbie Ray to begin Tuesday’s tilt, the southpaw sending 13 White Sox back to the dugout with Ks on their scorecard before he was lifted one out into the seventh. They have, for the most part, feasted on left-handed starting pitchers with a 13-4 record this year, but needed to notch this one against right-handed Blue Jays relievers.
It has been an incredible start to 2021 for Lance Lynn, and a boon to bettors playing him and the White Sox on the MLB betting odds. Chicago’s 7-3 record with the righthander on the hill has provided about a 3.00 unit ROI, the last six times Lynn has decisioned going into the win column. The latest was this past Thursday as pronounced chalk against the Tigers, Lynn tossing six innings of 1-run baseball to beat Detroit by a 4-1 count.
Lynn faced the Blue Jays two times in 2019 when he was pitching for the Texas Rangers, one outing a loss in Toronto where he pitched well enough to win, and the other a win in Arlington where he got enough support to cover for a 6-IP, 5-ER showing. The Jays hitter who has given Lynn the most trouble over the years is Marcus Semien, the Toronto infielder batting .421 (8-19) with a homer.
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We have us a newcomer calling balls and strikes in the middle game of the set as Erich Bacchus sets up behind the mask. It’s his 14th plate assignment this season, and 21st of his career having made his MLB debut last August. The early return on his zone is it’s wide, a la Eric Gregg, but his plate assignments so far have been level at 7-6 O/U this season. A rhubarb and ejection wouldn’t surprise me tonight.
Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast for Chicago this evening, with the thermometer sitting in the upper-60s when the game cranks up. The weatherman is also calling for a 5-10 mph breeze from the northeast (left to right). Your trusty handicapper is calling for another winning performance from Lynn and the Chicago side with his free MLB pick.
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