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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox
MLB: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8:10 PM EST
The Blue Jays are coming off a recent win, but they have been in a tailspin for the last couple weeks. That will happen when you lose 10 of 13 games and while it is only mid-May they are already over eight games out of first place in the AL East. The pitching for Toronto has not been bad on the season at all, but their lineup ranks near the bottom of the pack in runs scored.
The White Sox had won three in a row before a bad 9-0 loss in their last game. They had totaled 17 runs in the three wins before being shutout in their last game, Chicago is three games under .500 and they sit in 3rd place in the AL Central several games back of the Minnesota Twins. The pitching has been the main issue for the Sox, as they only rank 28th in the Majors in team ERA.
The Blue Jays have won four of their last five games against the White Sox in the Windy City.
Stroman looks to get a win
Marcus Stroman (1-6 43.12 ERA) gets the nod in this series opener and he only has one win and has taken the loss in his last three starts. In that span, he has given up 12 runs in 14 1/3 innings of work and while that is far from solid he also only received five runs of support. In his last start, he gave up three runs in six 1/3 innings in a 7-2 loss to the White Sox. after not giving up the long ball in his first seven starts Stroman has given up three HR in his last two starts.
Justin Smoak leads the Blue Jays in RBIs, but is mired in a bad slump with only one RBI in his last eight games and in a recent 10-game stretch saw his batting average fall from .252 to .219. Toronto has lost five of their last seven road games and they lost two of three games facing the White Sox in a recent series.
Forget the last game
The White Sox had their three-game win streak snapped in their last game losing 9-0 in a game they would like to forget. The loss was at home to the Cleveland Indians where they only had two hits while giving up 11. Dylan Covey (0-2 5.91 ERA) goes in this game and in two starts and two relief appearances Chicago has lost every game. In his last outing, Covey gave up four earned runs in four 2/3 innings in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays. Not only have the White Sox lost 23 of his last 29 starts they have lost his last eight home starts.
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Chicago will be more rested in this game after a day off, but they have lost 45 of their last 66 games after a day off, but they have won six of their last seven opening games of a series. Jose Abreu has had a solid season at the dish with 10 HR and 36 RBI and Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson have combined for 17 HR and 52 RBI.
The Chicago White Sox are:
- 1-4 in their last 5 home games
- 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 21-45 in their last 66 games following an off day
The Toronto Blue Jays are:
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While the Sox took two of three facing the Jays north of the border in a recent series they lost the only gave in that series where Covey got the start. I think he will struggle in this game and the Toronto lineup will get to him. That means that Stroman will get some run support for a change and he will have his 2nd straight decent start and unlike the last one his Blue Jays will beat the Sox.
Prediction: PICK: Blue Jays
Full-Game Total Pick
I have to go with the Over in this game because of the pitching matchup. Stroman will have a decent outing while Covey will not. The total has gone Over in five of the last six games between these teams and look for that trend to continue. In the first game of this AL series the Over is the way to go.
Prediction: PICK: Over