The White Sox (57-93, 27-48 away) travel to take on the Nationals (66-84, 31-43 home) in game one of this interleague matchup. Mike Clevinger is getting the start for the White Sox while Joan Adon is starting for the Nationals. See who I like to pick up the win in today’s Chicago White Sox vs. Washington Nationals showdown at Nationals Park.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX VS WASHINGTON NATIONALS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington Nationals +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Nationals Park at 7:05 ET on Monday, September 18th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS:
- The White Sox have gone just 4-6 in their last ten games vs. the runline.
- Chicago has failed to cover the runline in two straight games when favored to win.
- The White Sox are just 1-2 in Mike Clevinger’s last five starts.
CAN THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX PULL OUT A WIN AS ROAD FAVORITES?
150 games into the season, the White Sox have a record of 57-93, putting them 4th in the AL Central. This mark includes an overall series 11-31-6. At home, they are 30-45 compared to 27-48 on the road.
Mike Clevinger has been a reliable presence in the rotation this season, going at least six innings in two consecutive starts and boasting a 7-8 record through 21 appearances. His ERA stands at 3.61 with a WHIP of 1.23, while his K/BB ratio is 101/38 and slugging percentage allowed is .374. Opposing hitters have struggled against him, managing just a .228 batting average.
Despite Mike Clevinger’s solid performance, the White Sox were unable to come away with a win in his last start against the Royals. Clevinger was charged with the loss after allowing two runs over six innings of work.
So far this season, the White Sox’s has gone deep 161 times, placing them 18th in the league. Over Chicago’s previous five games, they are 19th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.1 runs per game putting them 28th in the league. The White Sox’s overall team batting average stands at .239 along with an OBP of .293.
Luis Robert Jr. has been a major offensive force for the White Sox this season, leading the team in home runs with 35 and RBIs with 75. His slugging percentage of .531 is indicative of his impressive power at the plate.
WILL THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Heading into today’s game, the Nationals are 5th in the NL East on an overall record of 66-84. So far, they have played in 48 series, and are below .500 at 19-26-3. This season, the Nationals are 31-43 at home and 35-41 on the road.
Joan Adon has made nine appearances so far this season, with a .429 slugging percentage allowed and a 1.47 WHIP. His overall record is 2-2, accompanied by an ERA of 5.92 and 33 strikeouts, averaging 7.82 per nine innings. On the road, Adon has gone 2-1 with an ERA of 3.38; at home, he is 0-1 with an ERA of 8.22.
Joan Adon’s last start saw him surrender four earned runs and eight hits in four innings of work, as the Nationals fell to the Pirates 5-1.
In their five most recent games, the Nationals have put together a batting average of only .172, placing them 27th compared to the rest of the league. At 4.3 runs per game, Washington is 22nd in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .253 and OPS of .705 which has them 21st in baseball.
The Nationals’ offensive leader, Joey Meneses, has been a consistent presence at the plate this season. His batting average of .280 is accompanied by a .403 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327.