Chris Sale (6-4, 2.87 ERA) and Mark Buehrle (9-4, 3.64 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a four-game series between the Chicago White Sox (36-43) and the Toronto Blue Jays (43-41) at U.S. Cellular Field. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Jul. 6 and can be seen on RSN and CSN-CHI.
Sale is 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA in his appearances against the Blue Jays, but goes up against a good Toronto offense which is batting .267 this season. Jose Abreu (.293, 47 Rs, 14 HRs, 44 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. Against the White Sox, Buehrle is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts. Chris Colabello (.335, 34 Rs, 7 HRs, 31 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Chicago is a -155 favorite against Toronto and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The White Sox have an overall money line of -799 and a record as the favorite of 21-15. Chicago is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the White Sox, who rank fourth in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.7.
In games where it is the underdog, Toronto has a 16-23 record and an overall money line of -272. Offensively, they average 5.4 runs per game, which is tops in the AL. The Blue Jays are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the AL with 9.0 hits per game.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 2-1. The White Sox have a bad 5-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Buehrle takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have an 11-7 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 15th time this season.
The White Sox are 7-2 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays are 3-2 in such matchups.
The Blue Jays are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The White Sox have a 0-9 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the White Sox are 27-6. The Blue Jays have a 37-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto tops the league in runs with 460 this season. Chicago ranks at the bottom with 271.
Ranking 29th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 180 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 279.
The White Sox are 21-20 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 38-21 when they hit at least one homer.