Chicago White Sox vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (30-57) at Chicago White Sox (44-42)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
J Teheran (3-7) (2.72) vs. J Quintana (6-8) (3.06)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -155 / Atlanta Braves +145 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, WGN
Coming up on Saturday in MLB action from US Cellular Field, we’ve got another installment of the series between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago White Sox.
This will be game two of the set. In Friday’s opener, the Braves managed an 11-8 victory.
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The Braves will be going with right-hander Julio Teheran in Saturday’s matchup. Over his 17 starts and 3-7 record this year, Teheran owns a 2.72 ERA with a 0.93 WHIP in 112.2 innings. Teheran has been fighting off a thigh injury, and was scratched in his scheduled Wednesday start.
It’s pretty easy to find the stars in the Atlanta batting order. Freddie Freeman is out front on 93 hits with 42 runs, 15 homers and 33 RBI. Freeman managed a solo homer on Friday. Nick Markakis has put up 84 hits, 36 runs and 47 RBI. Adonis Garcia is also playing fairly well on 61 hits with 22 runs and 26 RBI thus far.
Over on the White Sox side, we’ll be getting a look at lefty Jose Quintana in Saturday’s start. In his 17 starts and 6-8 record this year, Quintana has put up a 3.06 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 111.2 innings. Quintana recorded a win last time out against the Astros, allowing just two hits and a run in seven innings.
At the plate, Chicago has a few noteworthy swingers. Adam Eaton is up top on 93 hits with 43 runs and 29 RBI. Eaton logged a homer in Friday’s game. Jose Abreu holds 89 hits with 32 runs, 11 homers and 51 RBI. Todd Frazier is hitting just .213 so far, but does lead the team with 24 homers, 54 RBI and 51 runs.
The Braves are 16-39 in their last 55 games against a left-handed starter, and 14-37 in their last 51 game twos of a series. Atlanta is also 4-13 in Teheran’s last 17 starts, and 0-5 in Teheran’s last five Saturday starts.
As for the White Sox, they’re 4-13 in their last 17 game twos of a series, and 1-7 in their last eight Saturday games. Chicago is also 2-8 in Quintana’s last 10 starts, and 1-4 in Quintana’s last five interleague starts.
I like Teheran lately, but I am more comfortable picking the White Sox and Quintana in this one.