Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (13-6) at Toronto Blue Jays (10-10)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
M Gonzalez (0-0) (0.00) vs. M Stroman (3-0) (4.13)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -173 / Chicago White Sox +159 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN1, CSCh
Coming up early Monday evening at Rogers Centre, we’ve got a great matchup coming in the series opener between the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The White Sox are coming off a home series against the Rangers. Chicago took games one and two, then on Sunday finished off the sweep with a nice 4-1 victory to move to 13-6 on the season so far.
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As for the Blue Jays, they just finished up a home series with the A’s, splitting games one and two. In Sunday’s finale, Toronto scored four times in the third inning on the way to a 6-3 victory and a .500 record overall on the year.
The White Sox were originally going to be bringing out Chris Sale for this game, but he's been pushed back to Tuesday for rest purposes. Making the spot start here will be Miguel Gonzalez, who has posted a 2.45 ERA across two starts this year at the Triple-A level.
The overachieving White Sox lineup has been getting contributions from all over the place this year. Melky Cabrera leads the way on 22 hits with 10 runs and seven RBI. Adam Eaton has 21 hits with five runs and a .309 BA, but came up empty on Sunday. Todd Frazier has been the power man with five homers, nine runs and nine RBI--but has a flimsy .205 BA. Frazier went 1-for-3 in the Rangers finale.
On the Toronto side, they’ll be bringing out right-hander Marcus Stroman for Monday’s series opener. Stroman has been a pretty efficient hurler this year with a 4.13 ERA and 0.99 WHIP alongside a 3-0 record across four starts. In his last appearance, Stroman gave up three runs over seven innings in a victory over the Orioles on Tuesday.
The potent Blue Jays bats have a lot of people talking this season. Josh Donaldson has been electric with seven homers, 24 hits, 20 runs and 19 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has 21 hits and 11 RBI to his credit, while Jose Bautista has four homers with 16 RBI and 12 runs.
The White Sox are 5-1 in their last six Monday games, and 8-2 in their last 10 games against a right-handed starter.
Toronto is 6-0 in their last six Monday games, and 13-3 in Stroman’s last 16 starts.
Had Sale been starting here, I'd be on the White Sox bandwagon. Since it's Gonzalez, however, I'll take Stroman and the Blue Jays for the series-opening victory.