In the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (21-26) and the Chicago White Sox (21-26) at the Rogers Centre, R.A. Dickey (2-5, 5.49 ERA) and John Danks (2-4, 5.11 ERA) get the start. The Blue Jays won the last game 6-0 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 26 and will air on WPWR and RSN.
Dickey is 2-4 with an 8.10 ERA and 1.66 WHIP against the White Sox in his career. Josh Donaldson (.300, 35 Rs, 10 HRs, 29 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with three runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Danks is 2-4 with a 5.70 ERA. He meets a strong Toronto offense that's batting .256. Avisail Garcia (.327, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
Toronto, a -160 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the Blue Jays have a 12-9 record and overall money line at -789. The Blue Jays come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.1 runs per game. The Blue Jays are a dangerous hitting team with an MLB-best 155 extra base hits. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking third in the AL with an average of 3.4 walks per game.
On the other side, the White Sox have a subpar record of 8-12 when they are the underdog and are -566 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as the underdog as of late. They managed a 3-1 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 5-5. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Chicago batters, who rank fourth in the AL with 7.0 strikeouts per road game.
The only other game between the two teams went Toronto's way. The Blue Jays will take on a left-hander (Danks) in this game and have a 6-4 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the right-hander Dickey. They sport a 16-18 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
Toronto won its last game in a shutout, its second of the season. Chicago has been shut out three times this season.
When the Blue Jays play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The White Sox are 1-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Blue Jays have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-20. The White Sox have a 3-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 27 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 54.
Toronto and Chicago both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Toronto sits at sixth with 8.48 hits per game and Chicago ranks ninth with 8.34.
Ranking 28th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.652). Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .755.
The White Sox are 10-18 when they allow at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 12-21 record.