Chris Sale (10-7, 3.47 ERA), seeking his 200th strikeout of the season, takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox (54-60) as they meet Dan Haren (8-7, 3.55 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (67-48) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The Cubs won the last game 6-3, extending a nine-game winning streak. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 16 and will air on WGN and CSCh.
In his last start, Sale pitched 7.1 innings, giving up two runs, striking out seven and walking two in an 8-2 victory over the Angels. Jose Abreu (.292, 69 Rs, 21 HRs, 68 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one RBI. The Cubs were also victorious the last time Haren pitched. He went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 6-3 victory over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo (.298, 66 Rs, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Cubs, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Chicago, a -140 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 27-24 record and overall money line at -617. They have performed well against the NL to earn an SU record of 8-10, but only have a 5-2 record when they were the favorite. The White Sox rank third in the majors in extra base hits with 299. As for the pitching staff, they have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, averaging 8.3 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Cubs have a record of 20-20 when they are the underdog and are +899 overall with the money line. When playing Interleague competitors, they have a 4-4 as the favorite and 7-7 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.6 runs per game, above their 4.0 season average. Chicago is a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in the MLB with 78 stolen bases. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they have the fourth-lowest ERA in the NL at 3.39. They have a WHIP of 1.18 on the year, good for second in the league. The Chicago pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging an NL-best 8.7 strikeouts per game.
In their previous five games this season, the Cubs have a 3-2 record. This game will feature Haren (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 44-46 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Sale will take the mound against the Cubs, who have a 14-9 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - ChC, O/U - Over
The White Sox recorded at least two errors for the 17th time this season.
The White Sox are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Cubs have a record of 36-27 when they are struck out that many times or more.
The Cubs are coming into the game with nine consecutive wins, while the White Sox currently have a losing streak of two.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 42-10. The Cubs have a 43-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 29th, the White Sox are near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 430 this season. The Cubs rank in the bottom half at 19th with 462.
The Cubs top the league in walks with 399 this season. The White Sox rank near the bottom at 28th with 266.
The White Sox are 33-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Cubs are 43-19 when they hit at least one homer.