Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/2/14
Chicago White Sox (28-29) at Los Angeles Dodgers (30-27)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
Jose Quintana (L) (3-4) (3.609) vs. Clayton Kershaw (L) (3-2) (3.565)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -240 / Chicago White Sox +220 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, SportsNet LA
The Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will begin a three-game series on Monday at Dodger Stadium.
The White Sox have won six of their last 10 games and are sitting with a .500 record. Surprisingly, the White Sox pitching has improved lately, allowing three or less runs in six of their last 11 games. This is a White Sox team that has the 29th worst ERA at 4.47. The White Sox are 20-3 when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Conor Gillaspie has 15 hits in his last 10 games and Alexei Ramirez has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Getting the nod is Jose Quintana, who is 3-4 with a 3.61 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 67.1 innings. This will be Quintana’s second career start against the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers have lost six of their last 11 games and remain two games above a .500 record. The lack of offense has really hurt the Dodgers recently, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in four of their last five games. Despite having a top notch pitching staff, the Dodgers are 5-21 this season when scoring three or less runs. Yasiel Puig is riding a six-game hitting streak and Hanley Ramirez has 11 RBI in his last 10 games. Getting the nod is Clayton Kershaw, who is 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Kershaw is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Quintana's last 5 starts with 6 days of rest. The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League Central and 24-7 in Kershaw's last 31 starts during game 1 of a series. The White Sox are 12-5 in the last 17 meetings against the Dodgers.
Despite being loaded with talent, the Dodgers have been extremely inconsistent. They just lost three of four to the Pittsburgh Pirates! With this much bang for my buck, I'll give the White Sox a shot on the road.