Cubs - White Sox Picks: Cuban Missile Set To Launch In Chi Town As Rivalry Continues

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 5:36 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2016 5:36 PM UTC

The White Sox are gunning for their fourth consecutive win after edging the Cubs yesterday in the first of two at U.S. Cellular Field. Let’s examine the matchup in tonight’s game and cash in our MLB picks.

Swinger’s MLB Record: 56-27, +28.65 units
Feels like a chill in the air despite soaring temperatures across the country as my MLB picks have nosedived over the last three days. Yesterday I backed Cubs’ ace Jake Arrieta who looked poised for a big game after righting his ship in his last outing. The Cubbies rallied after a four-run deficit to knot the game in the ninth inning only to see the White Sox single home the winning run in the bottom of the frame. It was another misfire after watching the +282 Padres get edged by the Nationals on Saturday and the Indians’ ace Corey Kluber lose to the Orioles on Sunday.

The euphoria of a sizzling baseball season has certainly been dampened but now it’s time to go back to the old drawing board, peruse the MLB odds, and get back on the winning track. Let’s go!


Chapman Makes Cubs’ Debut
The Cubs now have an embarrassment of riches in the late innings with the addition of the Cuban Missile ready to touch down at U.S. Cellular Field tonight. Aroldis Chapman will take over the role of closer from Hector Rondon who cedes his duties to the former Yankee despite a sterling 1.95 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP. Rondon has closed the deal on 18 of 22 save opportunities but will now be relegated to set-up man as Chapman will handle the final three outs.

The flame-throwing Cuban has converted 20-of-21 save opportunities and has crafted a 2.01 ERA to complement his 0.89 WHIP. This is a coup for the Cubs and further enhances a pitching staff that has the 2nd ranked team ERA in baseball, trailing only the Washington Nationals. The Cubs’ pitching corps is tops in opposition batting average, holding opponents to a mere .215 on the season. Chapman is one of the very best in the business at sealing the deal when the game is close and will make betting against the Cubs even more difficult going forward.


Big Game James Coming Around
The White Sox swung a deal for James Shields when they were contending several week ago but now that they have fallen 8 ½ games behind the AL Central leading Indians, they may just be ready to be sellers rather than buyers. Rumors abound regarding the team’s ace Chris Sale but the man of the hour tonight is the man they pried from the Padres, Big Game James Shields.

The veteran hurler got off to a rough start in Chi-Town but his last three starts have been emblematic of the pitcher the White Sox thought they acquired in early June. Shields has allowed only five combined runs in his has last three starts but his offense has let him down, scoring just one run in those three solid starts.


Betting Analysis
The Cubs have dropped three of their last four games but should be buoyed by the presence of the hardest throwing hurler in MLB history. In addition, they have Kyle Hendricks (9-6, 2.23 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) taking the hill and the 26-year-old Ivy League graduate has been among the best pitchers in the National League this season and positively lights out since late June, blanking opponents in five of his six appearances.

I’m not sure how you turn a blind eye to the best team in baseball starting their best pitcher with the specter of the league’s most feared closer now donning the same uniform. While James Shields has been pitching better than solid recently, I am siding with the visiting favorites again as I attempt to rid myself of this pesky cooler.


Free MLB Pick: Cubs -158 
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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