Athletics vs. White Sox Prediction and Odds for Sunday, July 31 (Dylan Cease's Cy Young Campaign Continues)

Dylan Cease allowed just three earned runs total in his last 11 starts ahead of today's matchup with the Athletics
Dylan Cease allowed just three earned runs total in his last 11 starts ahead of today's matchup with the Athletics / Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

If you haven't placed a wager at WynnBET Sportsbook on Dylan Cease to win the AL Cy Young, you're running out of time.

Chicago's 26-year-old ace is the most dominant pitcher in all of baseball right now, with respect to Shane McClanahan, Justin Verlander and Sandy Alcantara. But seriously, the stretch he's on is insane.

Over Cease's last 11 starts, he's shut his opponent out eight times and gave up just one run in each of the other three outings. In case you're wondering, that's good for a 0.42 ERA. Yeah, bananas.

In fact, Cease surrendered the same number of earned runs over his last 11 starts that Oakland's pitcher, Adam Oller, did in just five innings last week.

You won't be surprised to find out I think Cease gives the White Sox an edge today, but let's jump into the odds from WynnBET Sportsbook to see how big that edge is:

Athletics vs White Sox Odds, Run Line and Total

Run Line:

  • Athletics +1.5 (+110)
  • White Sox -1.5 (-130)


  • Athletics: +240
  • White Sox: -270


  • 8.0 (Over +100/Under -120)

Athletics vs White Sox Prediction and Pick

MLB The Show is my favorite video game. I bought a Playstation 4 instead of an Xbox 360 years ago specifically so I could play it. I'll do a fantasy draft and build a stellar roster in Kansas City to pretend my Royals are good and play through as many seasons as possible. Sometimes, I'll have a pitcher go on an obscene run that feels unrealistic and have to bump the difficulty up.

Dylan Cease's performance over the last two months would make me raise the difficulty two levels. The guy is on "Rookie" mode out here. It feels fake, seriously.

How is it even possible to allow just three runs over 11 starts!? It must be the power of the mustache.

If I were Rob Manfred, I'd make the White Sox start with a five-run deficit to make things fair. You know, bump the difficulty up. Because without a head-start, I don't see how Oakland can make this even moderately close. Adam Oller has an 8.07 ERA and an MLB Statcast Pitching Profile that makes me nauseas.

Just for a point of comparison, here is Cease's Statcast Pitching Profile:

Obscenely goofy stuff. Give me the White Sox to roll, but I'll also back Cease over 7.5 strikeouts (-143) as he continues his march to Cy Young glory.

Pick: White Sox -1.5 (-130) and Dylan Cease Over 7.5 Strikeouts (-143)

Follow all of Joe Summers' betting picks here.