Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/14
Chicago White Sox (35-40) at Baltimore Orioles (38-35)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Chris Sale (L) (6-1) (2.204) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (7-2) (3.780)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +108 / Chicago White Sox -118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CHI, MASN
The Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game series on Monday.
The White Sox have lost eight of their last 10 games and are six games below a .500 record. The White Sox have the 27th worst ERA in baseball at 4.36, and have allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. In fact, the White Sox have allowed four or more runs in 14 of their 19 games in the month of June. Offensively, Jose Abreu has an eight-game hitting streak and Conor Gillaspie has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Chris Sale takes the mound, and he’s 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA and has 75 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. Sale is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in seven career games against the Orioles.
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The Orioles have won seven of their last 11 games and are a healthy four games above a .500 record. The Orioles improved offense has made the difference during this stretch, as they’ve scored four or more runs in 12 of their 20 games in the month of June. Nelson Cruz has homered twice in his last four games and Adam Jones has five hits in his last three games. The Orioles have the 21st worst ERA in the majors at 3.98. Wei-Yin Chen gets the start, and he’s 7-2 with a 3.78 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. Chen is 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA in three career starts against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 6-1 in Sales last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 3-8 in Sales last 11 road starts. The Orioles are 7-3 in Chens last 10 starts vs. American League Central and 4-9 in their last 13 vs. American League Central. The White Sox are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Baltimore.
Although the White Sox have been in a slump, you have to like Sale on the mound for the cheap price. He's been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball.