After a rare Friday off for both ballclubs in the city of Chicago, the Cubs and White Sox continue their inter-city series from the South Side this evening.
The Sox took the first two games of the series earlier this month at Wrigley Field, and hope they can rekindle some of those good feelings after seeing their pitching staff get torched by the Boston Red Sox for 33 runs in three games.
36-year old right-hander Johnny Cueto makes his White Sox home debut after two excellent starts on the road this year. Meanwhile, the Cubs counter with fellow righty Keegan Thompson, as the 27 year old makes his third start of the year for the North Siders.
Cubs vs. White Sox Odds, Run Line and Total
- Cubs +1.5 (-170)
- White Sox -1.5 (+140)
- Cubs +127
- White Sox -137
- 8.5 (OVER -105 | UNDER -115)
Cubs vs. White Sox Prediction and Pick
After two terrific starts since his call up, I see some regression coming for Cueto today against a Cubs lineup that's seen their bats wake up as of late.
Over the last seven days, the Cubs have averaged 6.14 runs per game; only scoring less than five runs one time.
Give Cueto his due. In his two starts, he's gone six solid innings in each; not recording a run against both the pitiful Kansas City Royals, but also the terrific New York Yankees' offense. Now with 12 innings under his belt, I expect the Cubs to have an updated scouting report on how to better approach him.
Thompson has been the Cubs' swingman out of the bullpen for much of the season, but has been very effective all season along. In 35 innings, he's only allowed 24 hits, pitching to contact with a ground ball rate of 53.4%, and an ERA of 1.54. If he can go four innings or so, Thompson can hand the ball off to a very effective Cubs' bullpen that's been one of the best in baseball this season.
I think the Cubs are worthy underdogs to back on the moneyline today, against a White Sox team that's been a head scratcher for consistency all season long.
LEAN: Cubs ML +127
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