Vegas Odds & MLB Picks: White Sox vs Cubs 07/25/17

MLB Picks and Parlays: Windy City Rivalry Has Two Chicago Teams Facing-off on Tuesday

by @MattCashCapper

Vegas Odds by BetOnline
White Sox  O/U 8½
Cubs -206

John Lackey

The Windy City showdown has taken on a new meaning this year after the Chicago White Sox dealt their ace Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs last week. For the AL team, it signalled a key moment in their rebuild, acquiring a new crop of prospects and the call-up of some of that minor league talent to the Show.

For the NL team, it signalled they are not going down without a fight in their defense of the World Series title they earned last year. The trade also certainly gave the Cubs the jolt they needed. After a lacklustre first half that saw them under .500 at the break and 5.5 games behind the Brewers for first they have surged in the second half. 

They won eight of their first nine games including a couple of tight ones with their division rivals from St Louis on the weekend. Coupled with the Brewers slump, they started the week tied for first and a season high five-games above .500.

Enter the White Sox ready to play spoiler and they did a great job of it on Monday taking a 3-1 win from their crosstown rivals.

The win must have felt especially gratifying since it was their first after the All-Star break. It broke a nine-game losing streak. Overall the White Sox have now lost 12 of their last 14 games as they sink like a stone to the bottom of the standings.

Miguel Gonzalez pitched a great game, allowing one run in 7.1 innings. The Cubs got on the board first as pitcher Kyle Hendricks grounded out with a run coming home. The White Sox scored three unanswered in the fifth, sixth and eighth to nail down the win.

The Cubs are fifth in scoring in the MLB since the break averaging 5.7 RPG. They are 10th with a 3.56 ERA. 

The White Sox are last in scoring since the break averaging 3 RPG. They are 27th with a 5.40 ERA.

Carlos Rodon (1-3, 5.75 ERA) will make his fifth start for the White Sox this year. He’s being groomed to take over from Quintana as the ace and is getting up to speed after a biceps injury wiped out the start of his year. He allowed two earned runs in his first two starts and 11.1 innings. He’s given up 11 in his last nine innings spanning two starts. The White Sox have lost three of four.

John Lackey (6-9, 5.04 ERA) is one of those Cubs veteran pitchers who’s been struggling this year. But he’s been much better in July with a 3.27 ERA in two starts, allowing four runs in 11 innings, both Cubs wins.

 

Cash It In: The Cubs are -206 favorites and White Sox +191 underdogs. Can lightning strike twice”? It sure can, but I expect the Cubs to find a way to pull this one out in a tight one. Cubs 5-4.

MLB Expert Picks and Parlays: Cubs -206 &  Over 8½

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