Chicago White Sox at San Francisco Giants MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/12/14
Chicago White Sox (56-63) at San Francisco Giants (62-56)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm (AT&T Park)
Chris Sale (L) (10-2) (2.139) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (R) (7-8) (3.636)
The Line: San Francisco Giants +125 / Chicago White Sox -135 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, CSN-BA
The Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants play a two-game series at AT&T Park that begins Tuesday.
The White Sox are 3-7 in the month of August and seven games below a .500 record. All of a sudden the White Sox can’t score runs, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their last eight games. This is a White Sox team that is eighth in the league in runs scored and eighth in batting average. Jose Abreu has 10 hits in his last 10 games and Tyler Flowers has homered three times in his last nine games. The White Sox have an ERA of 4.39, which is 27th in the majors. Starting is Chris Sale, who is 10-2 with a 2.14 ERA and has 138 strikeouts in 122 innings. This is Sale’s second career game against the Giants.
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The Giants are on a four-game losing streak and are six games above .500. The Giants offense has had issues all season but their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Overall, the Giants have an ERA of 3.42, which is eighth best in baseball, and they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Pablo Sandoval has a hit in nine of his last 10 games and Hunter Pence has 12 hits in his last 10 games. Getting the nod is Ryan Vogelsong, who is 7-8 with a 3.77 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 133.2 innings. This is Vogelsong’s first career game against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 19-7 in Sale's last 26 starts during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in Sale's last 7 starts overall. The Giants are 6-1 in Vogelsong's last 7 starts with 5 days of rest and 0-6 in Vogelsong's last 6 home starts. The White Sox are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
With the Giants struggles and the way Sale has pitched all season, you'd be a fool to pick against the White Sox.