Both Quintana and Arrieta have been pitching extremely well of late, and neither club is hitting with any type of regularity in recent weeks. My MLB picks on Sunday will be indicative of this data.
“The Windy City Series” Concludes on Sunday
The Cubs and White Sox conclude a three game series at Wrigley Field on Sunday with the first pitch coming at 2:20 PM ET. The White Sox won the first two games of this series by scores of 1-0 on Friday and 5-1 yesterday. The White Sox are now 6-5 versus their cross-town rivals since 2013, and that includes 4-2 at Wrigley Field.
Sunday's Starting Pitchers
The White Sox will send their third straight southpaw to the mound in this series with Jose Quintana. The formula has certainly worked thus far with Carlos Rodon and Chris Sale dominating the Cubs in the last two days. Quintana enters today in very good form during his previous four starts, posting a 2.67 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He’s gone 1-1 in his career team starts since 2013 versus the Cubs with a solid 3.46 ERA and an outstanding 0.85 WHIP.
The Cubs red-hot right-hander Jake Arrieta will get the starting assignment on Sunday. Arrieta has been in superb form during his previous four starts, posting an excellent 1.17 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and compiling a better than 6:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
Offensive Woes for Both Teams
There’s no doubt that a major weakness this season for the White Sox has been their inability to produce enough offense on a consistent basis. Despite winning three in a row and nine of their last eleven, those offensive deficiencies continue to plague them. The White Sox have scored 2 runs or less in six of their last eleven games. They’ve also been able to amass only 60 home runs in 85 games this season, and have gone 48-33-4 under the total.
The Cubs have accounted for only 1 run and 9 hits in the first two games of this series. During this current ten game home stand, they’ve scored 2 runs or less in five of the first nine games, and possess a paltry .208 team batting average during their last seven contests. The Cubbies have gone 27-14-3 under the total this season at Wrigley Field.
Both of today’s starters are pitching extremely well of late, and neither club is hitting with any type of regularity in recent weeks. I like this to be a low scoring affair, and one of my MLB picks on Sunday will be indicative of that prediction.
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