Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego Padres MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/31/14
San Diego Padres (24-30) at Chicago White Sox (28-27)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Tyson Ross (R) (5-4) (2.972) vs. Andre Rienzo (R) (4-1) (4.500)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +102 / San Diego Padres -112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SD, WGN
The San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox play game two of three on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Padres have been one of the tougher teams to figure out this season, as they’ve lost seven of their last 11 games. The Padres are dead last in runs scored, but do have the third best ERA in baseball. With that combination, the Padres are 19-4 when scoring more than three runs. Yonder Alonso does have four hits and three RBI in his last two games. Getting the nod is Tyson Ross, who is 5-4 with a 2.97 ERA and has 65 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. Ross is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in two career games against the White Sox.
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The White Sox have won five of their last eight games, but drop to a .500 record with the loss on Friday. The White Sox are a lot like the Padres, except that Chicago can score runs but can’t pitch worth a damn. However, despite scoring the fourth most runs in baseball, the White Sox have been held to three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Offensively, Adam Dunn has gotten on base at least once in 11 straight games. Getting the nod is Andre Rienzo, who is 4-1 with a 3.95 ERA and has 32 strikeouts in 41 innings. This is Rienzo’s first career game against the Padres.
The Padres are 3-7 in Ross' last 10 road starts and 2-6 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter. The White Sox are 6-1 in Rienzo's last 7 starts and 6-1 in Rienzo's last 7 starts as an underdog.
These teams are so inconsistent that it could really go either way. It simply just depends on which unti shows up for which team. That's why I'm going to take the White Sox at home and the plus money. I have more faith in the White Sox offense to pull it out.