Toronto Blue Jays at Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/15/14
Toronto Blue Jays (63-58) at Chicago White Sox (57-63)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Marcus Stroman (R) (5-3) (2.675) vs. Hector Noesi (R) (6-7) (4.196)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +125 / Toronto Blue Jays -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, CSN-CHI
The Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series on Friday.
The Toronto Blue Jays have lost five of their last seven games and are four games above a .500 record. The reason for the Blue Jays struggles lately has been an offense that has been held to three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Blue Jays have lost 10 of their last 11 games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Bautista has a six-game hitting streak and Jose Reyes has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.09, which is 24th in the majors. Marcus Stroman takes the hill, and he’s 7-3 with a 3.34 ERA and has 72 strikeouts in 86.1 innings. This is Stroman’s second career game against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox have lost six of their last eight games and are seven games below .500. The White Sox offense has also struggled lately, producing three or less runs in eight straight games. The White Sox have lost 11 of their last 13 games when being held to three or less runs. Adam Dunn has homered in back-to-back games and Conor Gillaspie has hit in eight of his last 10 games. The White Sox have an ERA of 4.36, which is 26th in the majors. Starting is Hector Noesi, who is 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA and has 88 strikeouts in 121.1 innings. Noesi is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in five career games against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Stromans last 5 starts. The White Sox are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Noesis last 5 starts. The Blue Jays are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
The Toronto Blue Jays need this game to get back in the playoff hunt. I like the road team in this one with the better pitcher.