Dylan Cease will get the start for the White Sox (61-98, 31-47 home) as they host the Padres (79-80, 35-43 away) at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Padres will give the starting nod to Nick Martinez. Check out my prediction for game one of this interleague matchup between the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox.
SAN DIEGO PADRES VS CHICAGO WHITE SOX BETTING PICK
The Pick: San Diego Padres -142
This game will be played at Guaranteed Rate Field at 7:40 ET on Friday, September 29th.
WHY BET THE SAN DIEGO PADRES:
- Looking at the Padres’ last ten games as the underdog, they are just 4-6.
- As the road underdog, the Padres’ win streak currently stands at two games.
- Over his last four starts, Nick Martinez has an ERA of just .00.
CAN THE SAN DIEGO PADRES PULL OUT A WIN AS ROAD FAVORITES?
Winners of two straight games, the Padres are in 3rd place in the NL West. So far, they have a series win percentage of 48% (22-24-5). San Diego has gone 35-43 on the road this season compared to 44-37 at home.
Nick Martinez will take the mound for the Padres with a 5-4 record. In 62 appearances, he has an ERA of 3.59 and a batting average allowed of .235. Martinez has notched 98 strikeouts, while opponents have walked 38 times against him. His WHIP stands at 1.28, and his SLG allowed is .350.
Nick Martinez ended his last start against the Cardinals with no decision, pitching four scoreless innings while giving up two hits. Unfortunately, the Padres were unable to capitalize on his strong performance, eventually falling 5-2.
For the season, the Padres are 14th in batting average, hitting a combined .244. Over their last ten games, they have hit .287 which is 1st in that span. San Diego’s average of 4.7 runs per game puts them 13th in the league. In terms of home runs, they have gone deep 205 times and have a team slugging percentage of .416.
Juan Soto has been a key contributor to the Padres’ offense over their last five games, leading the team in hits and batting .400. This season, Soto is hitting .275 with 108 RBIs.
WILL THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Through 159 games, the White Sox are in 4th place in the AL Central on an overall record of 61-98. So far, they have a below .500 record at home, going just 31-47. For the season, Chicago has played in 51 series and gone 12-33-6.
Dylan Cease heads into the game with a 7-8 record and an ERA of 4.66. On the road, he has posted a 4-2 record and 6.72 ERA in 16 appearances, while at home he has gone 3-6 with an ERA of 4.70. His season-long WHIP stands at 1.42, along with a batting average allowed of .243 and teams facing him have compiled a slugging percentage of .398.
Dylan Cease did not receive a decision in the White Sox’s 1-0 victory over the Red Sox, but he still put together a quality start. Across seven innings, Cease kept Boston off the board, surrendering just six hits.
The White Sox’s offense comes into today’s game with a collective batting average of .239 and are averaging 4 runs per game for the season. Looking at their ten most recent games, Chicago has gone deep seven times, which is ranked 12th in that time. To date, the team’s OPS is .677 to go along with an on base percentage of .292.
Eloy Jiménez has been a key contributor to the White Sox’s offense in their last five games, leading the team in hits and batting .333. The slugger has had a solid season overall, hitting .276 with 64 RBIs.