Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/8/14
Chicago Cubs (11-20) at Chicago White Sox (17-17)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Jake Arrieta (R) (0-0) (0.000) vs. Scott Carroll (R) (1-1) (0.675)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -120 / Chicago Cubs +112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, WGN (America)
The Chicago Cubs continue there interleague battle with cross town rival the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
Even though the season is still young the Cubs appear to be about on equal par with teams we have seen over the last several years. That means the bats are struggling and forcing the pitching to carry the load. A quick glance at their record says the arms haven't been able to carry the load and when neither are on the same page? Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the White Sox is the result. Travis Wood struggled through four innings with all eight runs plated on eight hits and five walks while the offense stalled on four hits with Mike Olt clubbing his 5th homer. The Cubs send Jake Arrieta to the bump for his second start of 2014 versus the White Sox. Arrieta is hoping to duplicate his lone outing where he tossed 5.1 frames of scoreless ball in a 3-0 win over St Louis.
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The White Sox are still one of the surprise teams in the early going behind some solid offense and pitching that has been very competitive. Both were on top of their game in Wednesday's defeat of the Cubs which was win number four in a row and assured them of second place in the American League Central for another day. Starter John Danks gave up three runs on four hits in six frames while striking out eight. The offense was more then up to the task with eleven hits and six bases on balls with Gordon Beckham smashing a three run bumb while Paul Konerko connected on a bases clearing double. The White Sox turn to Scott Carroll on the mound for his third career start. Carroll was outstanding the first two ties out with one earned run given up on eleven hits over 13.1 innings.
I know Carroll has limited experience and Arrieta has the ability to throw a gem but the White Sox are playing well and can win in any number of ways so I'll back them...