James Shields (5-13, 4.92 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (53-57) go up against Dylan Bundy (4-3, 3.05 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (62-47) in the last of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the last game 4-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 7 and will air on CSCh and MAS2.
In his last start, Shields pitched 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out one and walking two in an 11-5 loss to the Tigers. Melky Cabrera (.304, 46 Rs, 9 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. The Orioles were victorious over the Rangers 5-1 the last time Bundy pitched. He went 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out seven and walking one. Mark Trumbo (.267, 61 Rs, 31 HRs, 77 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Chicago, a +120 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. The White Sox are 23-34 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -644.
Switching to the opposing dugout, the Orioles come into this game with a solid win percentage of .707 when playing as the favorite (41-17) and an overall money line of +1,570. The Orioles are known for their power, smashing a league-leading 163 home runs.
This game will feature Bundy (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 41-47 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Shields. They sport a 45-34 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
Chicago has won 51% (26-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 63% (29-17) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 19-32 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 38-8. The Orioles have a 40-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Chicago has earned 440 this season. Baltimore ranks 11th with 512 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 314 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 318.
The White Sox are 39-32 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Orioles are 50-30 when they hit at least one homer.