MLB Picks: Bet the Under on White Sox vs. Orioles

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:10 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014 1:10 PM UTC

The Baltimore Orioles have some key players struggling in the middle of the lineup, which will lead to a low-scoring affair against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup at Oriole Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Life on the road
Chicago is a forgettable 41-79 on the road since the start of last season, but it did manage to pick up a 4-2 victory over Baltimore as +116 underdogs Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 8.5.

The White Sox have also dropped seven of their last 10 games at this venue, which has played a bit part in their 0-4-1 record in their last five season series versus the Orioles.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 15-19 versus teams with a winning record during the 2014 campaign.

Searching for a clutch performer
Baltimore outfielders Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones are a combined 1 for 19 with runners in scoring position over their last 12 games, but the franchise has still managed to produce a 13-9 record this month.

The Orioles have dropped back-to-back games just two times in June, while they’ve gone UNDER the betting total in six of their last 10 contests.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a solid 36-23 as home favorites of -125 to -175.

White Sox starting pitcher Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.34 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 road defeat to the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he allowed four runs and six hits over seven innings of work.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 5.04 ERA in six road appearances (four starts), with opposing hitters batting .258 against him (.308 at home). In seven lifetime outings versus the Orioles, Noesi has registered a 1-3 record and 6.75 ERA.

Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (2-8, 4.63 ERA) will look to snap a personal four-game losing streak, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 5-3 setback on the road to the New York Yankees last week.

The right-hander has gone 0-6 with a 6.38 ERA in seven home appearances this season—issuing 26 walks and striking out 26 batters in 36.2 combined frames. In nine lifetime starts versus the White Sox, Jimenez has produced a 2-3 record and 4.92 ERA.

I’m going to recommend that readers back the total as one of their MLB picks, as the UNDER has gone 12-3-1 in the last 16 overall meetings in this series.
Pick:  Under 9

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