Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/17/14
Toronto Blue Jays (64-60) at Chicago White Sox (58-65)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Drew Hutchison (R) (8-10) (4.599) vs. Chris Sale (L) (10-2) (2.01)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +110 / Toronto Blue Jays -120 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, WGN
The Chicago White Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays for the rubber match of a three game weekend series at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
The Toronto Blue Jays have realistically played their way out of the AL East race with a record of 4-10 in August coupled with a surge by the first place Orioles, but they still remain very much alive in the Wild Card race. In last night’s 6-3 win, Edwin Encarnacion had his first hit since returning from the DL on Friday, Jose Reyes had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, Melky Cabrera had a hit, two RBI’s and a run scored, and Jose Bautista had this 73rd RBI of the season as the Blue Jays pounded out 13 total hits on the night. The Blue Jays rank in the top 5 in baseball in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage and slugging and could be a team to watch for the stretch run after getting two key sluggers back in Encarnacion and Lind.
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Drew Hutchison gets the start for Toronto in Sunday’s series finale in hopes of brushing off a rough outing last time out. Hutchison allowed six runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings at Seattle on August 11th, but in the start prior against the hard-hitting Orioles, Hutchison showed off his best stuff pitching 8.2 innings and allowing just a single hit on a solo home run. For the season the second year 23 year old right-hander has a WHIP of 1.29 and ERA of 4.60 while posting a record of 8-10. Hutchison has yet to face the White Sox in his career.
The Chicago White Sox have things to be optimistic about as they look towards next season, but their pitching staff that ranks 27th in the league in ERA needs some work. In last night’s loss, starter John Danks allowed three runs over six innings to dig the White Sox an early hole, but after Chicago rallied to tie the game at three in the bottom of the sixth inning, Matt Lindstrom let things get back out of hand allowing another three runs in the seventh. The White Sox had ten hits in the losing effort as Avisail Garcia had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, Jose Abreu had two hits and scored, and Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko each drove in a run.
Scott Carroll takes the mound for Chicago on Sunday after getting blasted by the Mariners in his latest start allowing seven runs on seven hits over just five innings. Things weren’t much better for Carroll last time he faced Toronto on June 26th, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits over five innings of work. For the season the righty Carroll has a WHIP of 1.49 and ERA of 4.81 while posting a record of 4-7.
The first two games of this series have had totals of 16 and 9, so I will take my chances that this pitching matchup will yield similar results to what we’ve seen thus far.