White Sox vs. Cubs - 7/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (59-39) at Chicago White Sox (49-50)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
K Hendricks (9-6) (2.19) vs. J Shields (4-12) (4.99)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +140 / Chicago Cubs -150 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox play game two of their series Tuesday night on ESPN.
The Chicago Cubs look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Chicago Cubs offense has heated up again, and they’ve won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 106 hits, Anthony Rizzo has 76 RBI and Ben Zobrist has 13 home runs. Kyle Hendricks gets the nod, and he’s 9-6 with a 2.27 ERA and 96 strikeouts this season. This will be Hendricks’ first career game against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox look to build on their solid three-game winning streak. The White Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Chicago White Sox offense is also producing lately, and they’ve won 11 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Adam Eaton leads Chicago with 107 hits, Melky Cabrera has 44 RBI and Todd Frazier has 29 home runs. James Shields takes the hill, and he’s 4-12 with a 4.99 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Shields is 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 49-24 in their last 73 during game 2 of a series and 6-0 in Hendricks' last 6 starts. The White Sox are 6-15 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Shields' last 7 starts. The Cubs are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago.
I don't trust the Cubs lately, as they've shown signs of being just an average team and have had issues putting games away. Also, while I wasn't a fan of Shields at all, he has allowed two or less runs in five straight games. Give me the White Sox at home for the big plus money.