Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (16-7) at Baltimore Orioles (13-8)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
C Rodon (1-2) (4.05) vs. M Wright (1-2) (6.23)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -103 / Chicago White Sox -107 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN, CSCh
Friday evening at Oriole Park, the MLB is bringing us game two of a four-game weekend series between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.
In Thursday’s series opener, the Orioles scored four times in the third and five times in the sixth on the way to a 10-2 blowout victory.
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For Friday’s game two, the White Sox will be rolling with left-hander Carlos Rodon. Over four starts and a 1-2 record this year, Rodon has posted a 4.05 ERA with a 1.40 WHIP across 20 innings. Saturday was Rodon’s most recent outing, and in that one he posted 6.2 innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Rangers.
At the plate, the White Sox boast a pretty capable lineup of hitters. Adam Eaton has found some early success with 27 hits and eight runs. Melky Cabrera is also a notable name with his 24 hits and 11 runs. Cabrera went 0-for-4 in the opener, however. Todd Frazier provides the power, and has collected six homers with 15 RBI thus far.
Over on the Orioles’ side, we’re looking at right-hander Mike Wright to be making the start on Friday. Wright has three starts and a 1-2 record to his credit this season, compiling a 6.23 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP over 17.1 innings. Back on Sunday against the Royals, Wright gave up five earned in 6.1 innings during his most recent appearance.
As most people know, the real Baltimore strength this season is in their batting order. Mark Trumbo has been excellent, with 29 hits, six homers and 18 RBI. Manny Machado has been equally impressive, snagging 29 hits with 19 runs, seven homers and 16 RBI. Machado posted a huge 3-for-5 outing in the opener with three runs and five RBI. As for big swinger Chris Davis, he’s got seven homers and 15 RBI but has struck out 15 times on the way to a .221 BA.
The White Sox are 4-1 in their last five Friday games, and 10-1 in Rodon’s last 11 starts during game two of a series. As for the Orioles, they’re 7-1 in their last eight during game two of a series, but 2-7 in Wright’s last nine starts.
This should be a pretty close matchup, but I’ll give the White Sox the edge here. I’m just not sure Wright can keep the Chicago hitters in check enough for his team to overcome what should be an offensive onslaught.