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Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
MLB: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland, 7:05 PM ET
The Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles will close down a three-game series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, this Wednesday night. Ervin Santana will get the starting nod for the White Sox, while John Means will get the ball for the Orioles. The tip-off is set at 7:05 PM ET.
The White Sox are looking to finish their seven-game journey in a strong fashion
The Chicago White Sox will close down their seven-game road trip tonight and return to Chicago for a ten-game homestand. The White Sox are playing in a shaky form since the start of the season, recording just one three-game winning streak so far. Still, the White Sox thrashed off the Orioles 12-2 in the opening games of the series Monday night. They are scoring 5.05 runs per game (13th in the league) while recording a .251 batting average (also 13th) and a .321 on-base percentage (16th). On the other side, the White Sox are allowing 5.52 runs per contest (27th in the league) with a 5.27 ERA (24th).
Ervin Santana will take the mound for the White Sox tonight, and he’s 0-1 in two starts this season with a 10.38 ERA, a 2.19 WHIP, four strikeouts, and six walks, allowing 13 hits and ten earned runs in 8.2 innings of work. Santana is 5-5 in his 16 starts against the Orioles with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, while the right-hander is 149-126 in his career with a 4.09 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, 1925 strikeouts, and 754 walks. Tim Anderson is leading the way for the White Sox bats, recording 29 hits, 13 RBIs, a.403 batting average, and a .427 on-base percentage.
The Orioles continue to struggle after a few wins last week
The Baltimore Orioles had a few strong displays in the previous week, beating the Boston Red Sox twice on the road, while they also upset the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 after 11 innings. However, the Orioles have dropped five of their last six games overall including sweeping by the Minnesota Twins in a three-game series at home. The Orioles are scoring 4.38 runs per contest (19th in the league) while recording a .240 batting average (18th) and a .304 on-base percentage (23rd). They are allowing 6.71 runs in a return (30th in the league) with a 6.37 ERA (also 30th).
John Means will take the hill for the Orioles tonight, and he’s 2-2 this season with a 1.72 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, 17 strikeouts, and five walks, giving up 13 hits and just three earned runs in 15.2 innings of work. The left-handed sophomore played just one game last season, while this will be his third start in a career. Trey Mancini will lead the Orioles bats, and he has 33 hits, six home runs, 14 RBIs, a .347 batting average, and a .406 on-base percentage this season.
- 3-15 in the last 18 games at home
- 4-15 in the last 19 games overall
Chicago White Sox:
- 8-4 in the last 12 meetings with Baltimore
- 5-2 in Ervin Santana’s last seven starts
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles are playing poorly at the start of the season. The Orioles are the second-worst team in the American League, and the White Sox are not far away. Still, the White Sox look slightly better than the Orioles who are terrible at the defensive end, so I’m backing the visitors to win the closing game of the series. Also, the White Sox will start veteran Ervin Santana who’s still looking for his first win this term.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox (+100)
Full-Game Total Pick
The Over is 10-1 in Baltimore’s last 11 outings at home, and it is 8-3 in White Sox’ previous 11 showings on the road. Also, the over has hit in five of the previous six head-to-head duels. The opening game saw 14 runs in the total, and I expect to see more of the same in the closing game tonight. Considering the betting trends and teams’ current form, I’m taking the over.
Prediction: Over 10.5 (-110)
Full-Game Prop Bet
The White Sox had just six hits last night, while they made 15 hits in the opening game of the series. Also, the White Sox surpassed an 8-hit mark in eight of their last nine outings, so I’m backing them to do it again against the Orioles’ bullpen tonight.
Prediction: Team Hits: Chicago White Sox over 8.5 (-120)
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Orioles scored all their nine runs over the first five innings in a 9-1 victory last night. Four of the Orioles last five games overall had six or more runs in the first five innings, while just one of the White Sox previous seven contests had six or more runs over the first five innings. The line has been set higher than usual on this one, and I expect to see a high-scoring affair, so I’m taking the over.
Prediction: Over 5.5 (-110)