James Shields, who is 6-16 with a 4.58 ERA, will get the start for the White Sox. The Orioles will counter with Luis Ortiz, who is 0-0 with a 40.50 ERA.
White Sox Going For Second Consecutive Win
The White Sox snapped a seven-game losing streak with a win over the Kansas City Royals in their last game, and they will be trying to build on the win with another one, this time over the Baltimore Orioles. The White Sox will also be looking for their first win since they took two out of three from the New York Yankees at the end of August.
Offensively, Chicago is one of the worst teams in the league. The White Sox have a .243 batting average, which is 21st in the league. Their .303 on base percentage is 26th, while their .406 slugging percentage is 19th in the league. The White Sox have scored 600 runs this season, which is 23rd in the league.
Chicago’s pitching has been just as bad as the team’s offense. Opponents have a .252 batting average against the White Sox, which is 19th in the league. Their 4.76 ERA is 25th, while their 1.41 WHIP is 27th in the league.
In his last start, Shields gave up nine hits and six earned runs in 4.1 innings, leading to a 12-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The team will need a better effort from him to get the win over the Orioles on Friday.
Orioles Trying To Snap Out Of Funk
The Orioles have been the worst team in baseball this season and find themselves in the midst of another slump. Baltimore had lost six consecutive games, but they managed to end the skid against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. They will try to build on the win by defeating the White Sox on Friday.
Offensively, the Orioles rank near the bottom of the league. The team has a .238 batting average, which is 26th in the league. Their .297 on base percentage is 29th, while their .392 slugging percentage is 25th in the league. The Orioles have scored 556 runs this season, which is 28th in the league.
Baltimore’s pitching is the worst in the league this season. Opponents have a .280 batting average, which is 30th in the league. Their 5.26 ERA is also 30th, as is their 1.52 WHIP.
In his last appearance, Ortiz gave up three hits and three earned runs in 0.2 innings in a 14-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The team will need a better performance from him to get the win over the White Sox on Friday night.
- 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- 19-42 in their last 61 vs. American League Central.
- 16-35 in their last 51 home games.
- 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games.
- 12-5 in their last 17 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Orioles have struggled at home and against teams in the AL Central. The White Sox have been great in their last six Friday games, and they have also done a great job in their last 17 road games.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox -110
Full-Game Total Pick
Shields has given up 15 runs in his last four starts, and will likely give up a few more runs to the Orioles, who are averaging 3.83 runs per game this season. The White Sox will score a lot of runs against Ortiz, who has made only one appearance this season and gave up three runs in 0.2 innings.
Prediction: Over 9.5
First Five Innings Side Pick
The White Sox are averaging 2.23 runs in the first five innings this season, while the Orioles average 2.01 runs. The White Sox will be able to score some runs off Ortiz, who has given up three runs in 0.2 career innings, while the Orioles will likely struggle against Shields, who has given up eight runs in his last three starts.
Prediction: Chicago White Sox -110
First Five Innings Total Bet
Both offenses have struggled this season with their 4.24 average in the first five innings this season. However, they will be able to score enough runs against Shields and Ortiz, who have struggled on the mound in recent starts, to go over five runs in this game.
Prediction: Over 5