White Sox vs. Cubs - 8/14/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (64-48) at Chicago White Sox (54-58)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 14, 2015 at 4:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
K Hendricks (6-5) (3.73) vs. J Samardzija (8-7) (4.62)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -105 / Chicago Cubs -105 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCh, WGN
The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox begin a three-game series Friday afternoon.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Cubs have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Cubs have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 120 hits and 66 RBI while Starlin Castro and Dexter Fowler have combined for 78 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last eight road games. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball, and he’s 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. This will be Hendricks’ second career game against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The White Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The White Sox have split their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Melky Cabrera leads Chicago with 123 hits and 58 RBI while Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia have combined for 110 RBI. The Chicago White Sox have won four straight home games. Jeff Samardzija takes the hill, and he’s 8-7 with a 4.62 ERA and 115 strikeouts this season. This will be Samardzija’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 9-4 in Hendricks' last 13 starts as a favorite. The White Sox are 2-6 in their last 8 games following an off day and 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The Cubs are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
The White Sox are playing their best ball at home and have the advantage after not having to play Thursday. I give the slight edge to the White Sox here, especially after Samardzija knows some of the Cubs hitters after pitching for them for many years.