Chicago White Sox vs. Washington Nationals - 6/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Nationals (36-23) at Chicago White Sox (29-30)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
G Gonzalez (3-4) (3.94) vs. M Gonzalez (0-1) (3.93)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +125 / Washington Nationals -135 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: WPWR, MASN2
Down on the South Side of Chicago at US Cellular Field on Thursday, we’ve got series-ending MLB action between the Washington Nationals and the Chicago White Sox.
This will be the final matchup of a three-game set. The Nationals took a 10-5 win on Tuesday, and in Wednesday’s meeting, Washington scored seven runs in the first three innings en route to a rousing 11-4 victory. The Sox scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the ninth.
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Gio Gonzalez will be toeing the mound for the Nationals on Thursday. Over his 11 games and 3-4 record this year, Gonzalez has put up a 3.94 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP in 64 innings of work. On Friday when we last saw him, Gonzalez was punched up for five runs in six innings against the Reds in a loss.
At the plate, Washington has a pretty nice gang of hitters. Daniel Murphy has been unreal this year on 82 hits, 36 runs, 10 homers and 38 RBI. Anthony Rendon is playing well on 59 hits, 39 runs and 20 RBI. Bryce Harper has had a few bumps in the road but still has 46 hits with 35 runs, a team-high 13 homers and 37 RBI. Harper had three hits and a run on Wednesday.
The White Sox will be bringing out Miguel Gonzalez for a spot-start on Thursday. In his seven games (six starts) and 0-1 record this year, Gonzalez has managed a 3.93 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP over 34.1 innings. With Carlos Rodon hurting (neck), Gonzalez will come out of the bullpen here, and likely won’t last long into the game before being pulled for a reliever.
The Chicago batting order is a pretty intriguing group. Adam Eaton leads the charge on 62 hits with 24 runs and 19 RBI. Jose Abreu is right there alongside with 60 hits, 22 runs and 32 RBI. Todd Frazier holds a team-high 19 homers with 42 RBI and 36 runs, but is hitting just .217 on the year. Frazier whiffed 0-for-4 in Wednesday’s game.
The Nationals are 8-3 in Gonzalez’s last 11 Thursday starts, and 2-5 in Gonzalez’s last seven starts with five days’ rest. Washington is also 0-4 in Gonzalez’s last four starts in game three of a series and 10-3 in their last 13 road games.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 0-5 in their last five home games, and 1-8 in their last nine interleague home games. Chicago is also 7-20 in their last 27 overall and 2-6 in their last eight home games against a left-handed starter.
Pulling out Miguel Gonzalez for a spot-start and mopping up with relievers seems like a recipe for trouble. That said, the other Gonzalez (Gio) has been trending down lately. I’ll take the over, with a slight lean toward the Nationals in the win.