MLB Picks: Blue Jays vs. White Sox

Darin Zank

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:30 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 12, 2013 1:30 PM UTC

The White Sox, and their financial backers, which included your humble correspondent, got within one miserable out of victory Tuesday night.

Wednesday's Rubber Match

But Toronto's Jose Bautista took Sox reliever Addison Reed deep to tie the game at 5-5, and the Jays then pushed across two runs in the 10th for a 7-5 victory, evening this series at a game apiece. 

Chicago committed three errors and made four outs on the basepaths Tuesday night, pissing away a chance to extend its winning streak to four games.

The Jays won as +105 MLB odds underdogs Tuesday night, and the game played OVER its total of nine.

So, the teams will play a rubber match Wednesday night at the Cell (8:10 pm ET).

Wednesday's Betting Odds

As of Wednesday AM most baseball books were chalking Chicago and Chris Sale at around -175 over Toronto and Esmil Rogers, with the total offered at 7.5.

Wednesday's Pitching Match-Up

Sale (5-4, 2.68) is 9/11 on quality starts this season. Last time out he gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings against Oakland, but before that he had run off a string of seven quality outings in a row, giving up just eight ER over 51 innings.

For the season Sale has allowed just 53 hits through 77 1/3 innings, walked 18 and struck out 72. Chicago, a team that's seven games under .500 overall, is 7-4 in games Sale has started.

Also, the OVER/UNDERS are 1-9 in Sale's starts this season.

Sale has one start earlier this year against Toronto, giving up two ER and four hits in seven innings of a 3-1 Chicago loss back on April 18.  

Rogers (1-2, 3.60) will be making his third start of this season, to go along with 23 relief appearances. Most recently Rogers looked pretty good, holding Texas to one run through four innings, striking out six in a 6-1 Jays win last Friday. And over his last seven appearances, covering 16 2/3 innings, Rogers has allowed just one ER and 12 hits, walking five while whiffing 15.

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On the season Rogers has given up 36 hits in 35 innings, walked 12 and struck out 24.

Rogers has made two appearances earlier this season against the White Sox, throwing 2 1/3 innings, giving up one hit and one run. Last year, in three appearances vs. the Sox, Rogers threw a couple of good innings, but also got nicked for four runs because another reliever gave up a grand slam, with three of Rogers' runners on base. 


Our Take on Wednesday's Game 

Sale gets the edge in the pitching match-up, and Toronto is just 6-11 against left-handed starters this season. But that price seems a bit high. So, we’ll gamble a little and go with a run-line bet on Chicago for our free MLB pick for Wednesday. 

Pick: Take the Sox on the run line getting +132 at 365.


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