Drew Hutchison (3-1, 6.06 ERA) and Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.60 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (20-26) and the Chicago White Sox (19-22) at the Rogers Centre. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 25 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and RSN.
Hutchison pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-3 defeat to the Angels. Devon Travis (.271, 24 Rs, 7 HRs, 26 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Noesi is 1-0 with a 6.06 ERA when pitching against the Blue Jays. He is up against a good Toronto offense which is hitting .256 this season. Avisail Garcia (.322, 20 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday.
Toronto is a -151 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Blue Jays have an overall money line of -889 and a record as the favorite of 11-9. Toronto is a disappointing 1-3 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.1 runs per game. The Blue Jays lead the MLB in extra base hits with 152. Toronto is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.3 per game.
In the other locker room, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of -429 and a disappointing record of 8-12 as the underdog. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 4-1 record, and a 6-4 record SU. Chicago is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.0 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The White Sox allow 4.5 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.3 runs per game during that span.
The Blue Jays have a bad 13-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Noesi takes the mound. Hutchison (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 16-17 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Under
Chicago has won 54% (7-6) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won 55% (11-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The White Sox have a 10-16 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 2-20. The White Sox have a 3-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Chicago has hit 27 this season. Toronto ranks fourth with 52 home runs.
Toronto and Chicago both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Toronto sits at eighth with 8.44 hits per game and Chicago ranks seventh with 8.45.
Ranking 27th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.660). Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .754.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 10-17, well-matched with the Blue Jays who are 12-21 when allowing at least one homer.