Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 6/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (40-34) at Chicago White Sox (36-36)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
A Sanchez (7-1) (3.35) vs. C Rodon (2-6) (4.16)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +130 / Toronto Blue Jays -140 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN1, CSN+
Friday in MLB action from US Cellular Field, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox will be kicking off their weekend series.
The Blue Jays played a pair of games against the Diamondbacks this week. Toronto dropped the first game 4-2 but came back to win the second 5-2.
As for the White Sox, they played a “laundry series” against the Red Sox this week. Chicago took the first three games by a combined six runs, and in the Thursday finale the White Sox dropped a 10-inning heartbreaker 8-7.
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For Friday’s game, Toronto will bring out right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Over his 14 starts and 7-1 record this year, Sanchez has put up a 3.35 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP in 91.1 innings total. On Friday against the Orioles, Sanchez put up six innings with two earned on seven hits for a win.
The Blue Jays have a ton of talent in their batting order. Josh Donaldson leads the team on 75 hits with 61 runs, 17 homers and 46 RBI. Kevin Pillar is right there as well with his 73 hits, 32 runs and 29 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has the team lead on 19 homers with 62 RBI, 70 hits and 43 runs.
Over on Chicago’s side, we’ll be seeing lefty Carlos Rodon take the mound Friday. In his 13 starts and 2-6 mark this season, Rodon has managed a 4.16 ERA with a 1.49 WHIP in 75.2 innings. In a no-decision against the Indians on Sunday, Rodon went 6.1 innings and allowed two runs.
The White Sox hitters have had their moments this year. Adam Eaton sits atop the heap on 80 hits with 37 runs and 22 RBI. Melky Cabrera has 76 hits with 34 runs and 37 RBI. Todd Frazier has a team-high 21 homers with 48 RBI, 52 hits and 41 runs--but is hitting just .198 on the year. Frazier went 0-for-4 with one RBI on Thursday.
The Blue Jays are 8-0 in their last eight Friday games, and 1-4 in their last five game ones of a series. Toronto is also 5-2 in Sanchez’s last seven road starts, and 5-1 in Sanchez’s last six starts overall.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 1-4 in their last five Friday games, and 10-3 in Rodon’s last 13 starts with four days’ rest. Chicago is also 1-6 in Rodon’s last seven starts in game one of a series, and 0-4 in Rodon’s last four starts overall.
I’m not quite sold on Rodon this year, so I’ll go with Sanchez and the Blue Jays in the opener here.