Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/29/14
Chicago White Sox (37-44) at Toronto Blue Jays (45-37)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Jose Quintana (L) (4-7) (3.686) vs. Mark Buehrle (L) (10-4) (2.515)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -139 / Chicago White Sox +129 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, SNET
The Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays wrap up their four-game series on Sunday afternoon.
The White Sox have won the last two games of this series, but have lost seven of their last 10 games overall. The White Sox pitching staff has let them down during this stretch, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. Of course, this has been a problem for the White Sox all season, as they have an ERA of 4.40, 27th worst in the majors. Offensively, Jose Abreu has five homers in his last nine games and Alexei Ramirez has three RBI in this series. Jose Quintana gets the nod, and he’s 4-7 with a 3.69 ERA and has 83 strikeouts in 97.2 innings. Quintana is 3-1 with a 2.18 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays.
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The Blue Jays have lost eight of their last 12 games and are still seven games above .500. The Blue Jays pitching hasn’t been kind either, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Blue Jays have the 24th worst ERA in baseball at 4.09. Offensively, Edwin Encarnacion has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Melky Cabrera has seven RBI in his last 10 games. Mark Buehrle takes the hill, and he’s 10-4 with a 2.52 ERA and has 62 strikeouts in 107.1 innings. This is Buehrle’s second career start against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 2-5 in Quintanas last 7 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-4 in Quintanas last 5 road starts. The Blue Jays are 12-4 in Buehrles last 16 starts and 19-7 in Buehrles last 26 starts with 4 days of rest. The White Sox are 9-19 in the last 28 meetings in Toronto.
Tough to pick against Buehrle at home, who has been one of the top pitchers in baseball all season.