Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/18/14
Baltimore Orioles (70-52) at Chicago White Sox (59-65)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Bud Norris (R) (10-7) (3.750) vs. Chris Sale (L) (10-2) (2.008)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -168 / Baltimore Orioles +158 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN 2, CSN-CHI
The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series on Monday.
The Baltimore Orioles have won six of their last nine games and are 18 games above .500. The Orioles offense continues to lead the way, as they’ve produced four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Orioles have won 13 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Nelson Cruz has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and J.J. Hardy has 15 hits in his last nine games. The Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.66, which is 15th in the majors. Starting is Bud Norris, who is 10-7 with a 3.75 ERA and has 91 strikeouts in 120 innings. Norris is 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox have won four of their last seven games and are six games below .500. The White Sox offense has had issues scoring runs lately, producing three or less runs in nine of their last 10 games. The White Sox have lost 12 of their last 14 games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Abreu has hit safely in seven of his last eight games and Adam Dunn has a five-game hitting streak. The Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.39, which is 27th in baseball. Chris Sale gets the ball, and he’s 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA and has 150 strikeouts in 130 innings. Sale is 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA in eight career games against the Orioles.
The Orioles are 4-1 in Norris' last 5 road starts and 7-3 in Norris' last 10 starts overall. The White Sox are 4-1 in Sales last 5 home starts and 4-1 in Sales last 5 starts overall. The Orioles are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Two quality pitchers on the mound who are hard to score on. Give me the under in this matchup.