The Cubs (49-51, 22-25 away) and White Sox (41-61, 21-26 home) square off in two of this interleague series. Lance Lynn will take the mound for the White Sox against Marcus Stroman for the Cubs. See who I like to come out on top in this Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox showdown in Chicago.
CHICAGO CUBS VS CHICAGO WHITE SOX BETTING PICK
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Guaranteed Rate Field at 8:10 ET on Wednesday, July 26th.
WHY BET THE CHICAGO CUBS:
- Over their last three games on the road, Chicago is 2-1 against the runline.
- The Cubs have put together a 3-2 record vs. the runline in their last five games as the favorite.
- Opponents are hitting just .227 against Marcus Stroman in his last four starts.
CHICAGO CUBS TRYING TO CLOSE GAP IN NL CENTRAL
For the season, the Cubs are 49-51 overall, including going 22-25 on the road and 27-26 at home. When looking at their overall series record, Chicago is above .500 at 15-13-4. In the NL Central, the Cubs are currently 3rd.
Today marks Marcus Stroman’s 22nd game of the season, and he has a 10-7 record to show for it. His ERA is 3.09, while his OBP allowed sits at .279. He’s struck out 105 batters and has a WHIP of 1.14 thus far. When playing away from home, his ERA is 4.41 compared to 3.59 when he takes the mound at home.
Marcus Stroman’s latest start was far from his best, as he allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. The White Sox ultimately fell to the Cardinals 7-2 in the contest.
The Cubs have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 7 home runs over their last five games. Compared to other clubs, this is 5th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 17th in home runs and 14th in slugging percentage. Overall, Chicago is averaging 4.9 runs per game (10th).
Nico Hoerner has been the Cubs’ offensive leader in hits this season, boasting a .277 batting average. His slugging percentage stands at .395 and his on-base percentage is .330 entering the game.
WILL THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The White Sox have been struggling at home of late, dropping two straight series at Guaranteed Rate Field. Chicago’s runline record at home is 22-25 and 51-51 overall. Currently, they are 41-61 and 4th in the AL Central. The White Sox have an over/under record of 46-51.
Chicago starter Lance Lynn has not had the best of luck this season, as his record stands at 6-9 and ERA of 6.18. Unfortunately, he has allowed four or more earned runs in two consecutive games. Opposing batters have been able to put together a .263 batting average against him, while his slugging percentage allowed is .497. On the plus side, Lynn has 139 strikeouts on the year and only 43 walks.
Despite pitching 6 2/3 innings in his most recent start, Lance Lynn and the White Sox were unable to come away with a win, falling 9-4 to the Twins. The right-hander allowed nine runs on eight hits in the contest.
As a team, Chicago has scuffled at the plate over their last ten games, with a combined batting average of just .182. Compared to other teams, this is just 25th in that span. When looking at the team’s power numbers, they have a season-long slugging percentage of .389% while going deep a total of 112 times (18th). Overall, the White Sox are 22nd in the MLB at 4.2 runs per contest.
The White Sox’s Luis Robert Jr. is the team’s leader in hits, boasting a .270 batting average. He has also been impressive at the plate, with a .559 slugging percentage and .324 on-base percentage entering the game.