Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (16-6) at Baltimore Orioles (12-8)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
J Danks (0-3) (6.23) vs. T Wilson (1-0) (2.77)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -133 / Chicago White Sox +123 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, MAS2
Coming our way on Thursday from Oriole Park, we’ve got MLB action between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. This will be game one of a four-game set.
The White Sox are coming off an early-week series with the Blue Jays. Chicago took games one and two by a combined score of 17-6, then in Wednesday’s finale, the White Sox finished off the sweep with a 4-0 victory.
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As for the Orioles, they played three games against the Rays this week, dropping the first two games by two runs apiece. In their finale, Baltimore got a three-run homer from Joey Rickard to lift the team to a 3-1 victory and prevent the sweep.
For Thursday’s game one, the White Sox will be rolling with left-hander John Danks on the mound. It’s been a shaky 2016 so far for Danks, as he’s carrying a bloated 6.23 ERA with a 1.62 WHIP across three starts (all losses) and 17.1 total innings. Back on Saturday in his last outing, Danks went 6.2 innings and allowed five runs with two homers.
The good news for Chicago is that they’ve got a solid lineup at the plate. Adam Eaton has been great so far with 25 hits and eight runs, but went 0-for-3 on Wednesday. Melky Cabrera has scored 11 times with 24 hits. Todd Frazier has a lukewarm BA (.235), but has bashed five homers with 13 RBI thus far. Frazier went 2-for-4 in the Blue Jays finale.
Baltimore will be utilizing right-hander Tyler Wilson in their series-opening matchup on Thursday. With Vance Worley out of the starting rotation, Wilson has stepped into a regular role with his 2.77 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Wilson got his first victory of the year back on Saturday against the Royals, giving up three runs in five innings.
The Orioles have some real talent in their batting order, and can score runs almost at will. Mark Trumbo has shot out to a great start with his 28 hits, 12 runs and 17 RBI, but went 0-for-3 on Wednesday. Manny Machado has been an early star as well, with 27 hits, six homers and 16 runs. Machado came up empty in the Rays finale as well. Chris Davis has plated 18 runs with six homers, but is still trying to get his BA to respectable levels (it’s .205 right now). Davis wasn’t able to do anything Wednesday either, logging an 0-for-4 line.
The White Sox are 0-6 in Danks’ last six starts, and 9-19 in Danks’ last 28 starts against the American League East.
As for the Orioles, they’re 5-1 in their last six Thursday games, and 4-1 in Wilson’s last five starts.
I’m not sure why the White Sox keep trotting Danks out there, but as long as they do, they’ll have a tough time getting wins. For that reason, Wilson and the Orioles seem like the sensible pick here.