White Sox vs. Pirates - 6/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Pirates (37-27) at Chicago White Sox (28-35)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
G Cole (10-2) (1.82) vs. J Samardzija (4-4) (4.84)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +125 / Pittsburgh Pirates -135 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-PIT, WGN
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to complete the four-game sweep against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates look to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Pirates have scored 17 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Pirates have won five straight games when scoring three or less runs. Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen have combined for 138 hits and 87 RBI while Pedro Alvarez has 28 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates have won five of their last six road games. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he’s 10-2 with a 1.71 ERA and 93 strikeouts this season. This will be Cole’s first career game against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The White Sox have scored two runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four straight games. The White Sox have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Jose Abreu leads Chicago with 66 hits and 40 RBI while Avisail Garcia and Alexei Ramirez have combined for 50 RBI. The Chicago White Sox have split their last six home games. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.84 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 4-4 with a 2.22 ERA and 68 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pirates are 6-2 in their last 8 Thursday games and 38-18 in Coles last 56 starts. The White Sox are 3-9 in their last 12 during game 4 of a series and 4-1 in Samardzijas last 5 home starts. The Pirates are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings.
I like the value of the White Sox and the plus money, as it's only a matter of time before they get back in the win column. Also, Samardzija knows these Pirates hitters due to his time with the Cubs. Give me the home team.