In the third of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (37-44) and the Toronto Blue Jays (37-44) at U.S. Cellular Field, John Danks (4-8, 4.95 ERA) and Drew Hutchison (8-2, 5.23 ERA) take the mound. The Blue Jays won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 8 and will air on RSN and WPWR.
Danks is 2-4 with a 6.23 ERA against the Blue Jays in his career, and is up against a solid Toronto offense that's hitting .265 on the year. Jose Abreu (.292, 48 Rs, 14 HRs, 45 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his pitching opportunities against the White Sox, Hutchison is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA, 11 strikeouts and three walks. Chris Colabello (.335, 35 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Chicago, a +112 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Toronto. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. The White Sox perform poorly as an underdog with a 15-27 record and have an overall money line of -802. The have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out at U.S. Cellular Field, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per home game.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Blue Jays come into this game in an interesting position. They have a negative money line (-272) but have won more than 60 percent of games played as the favorite (27-18). They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 5.4 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Blue Jays, who average 9.0 hits per game.
The Blue Jays are 3-2 against the White Sox this season. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Hutchison) in this game and have a 31-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Blue Jays will be the left-hander Danks. They sport an 11-8 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Blue Jays won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the White Sox are 17-15. The Blue Jays are 10-16 in close games this season.
When the White Sox play into extra innings, they have a 7-2 record. The Blue Jays are 3-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have an 8-19 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 28-7. The Blue Jays have a 37-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 464 this season. Chicago ranks 30th with 276 runs.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 181 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 280.
The White Sox are 21-20 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 39-22 when they hit at least one homer.