Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (50-51) at Chicago Cubs (60-40)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Wrigley Field)
C Sale (14-3) (3.18) vs. J Lackey (7-7) (3.79)
The Line: Chicago Cubs +112 / Chicago White Sox -122 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, CSCh
Up at Wrigley Field in Chicago, we’ve got another cross-town classic on our hands as the White Sox visit the Cubs on Thursday in MLB action.
This will be game four of the set. The White Sox took Monday’s game 5-4 and Tuesday’s 3-0 at home. On Wednesday when the series switched locations from the Cell to Wrigley, the Cubs broke the game wide open in the eighth inning and cruised to a clean 8-1 win.
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Fresh of a suspension and set to pitch Thursday for the White Sox is Chris Sale. In his 19 starts and 14-3 record this year, Sale owns a 3.18 ERA with a 1.01 WHIP in 133 innings. Sale was suspended recently for a bizarre clubhouse incident involving throwback uniforms, getting him a five-game ban.
In any case, the White Sox batters will be backing things up here. Adam Eaton holds 108 hits with 49 runs and 36 RBI so far. Jose Abreu has put up 106 hits with 35 runs, 11 homers and 56 RBI. Melky Cabrera is sitting on 106 hits with 44 runs and 44 RBI on the year. Eaton, Abreu and Cabrera combined to go just 1-for-11 on Wednesday.
RHP John Lackey will be taking the mound for the Cubbies on Thursday. In his 20 starts and 7-7 record, Lackey holds a 3.79 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP in 130.2 innings. In Milwaukee his last time up, Lackey put up another loss with six innings, five hits and three earned.
Helping things out at the plate, we’ve got some nice Cubs batters on the North Side. Kris Bryant has hit 107 times with 81 runs, 26 homers and 66 RBI. Bryant slapped a homer on Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo owns 102 hits with 60 runs, 24 homers and 76 RBI. Ben Zobrist has managed 91 hits with 61 runs, 13 homers and 50 RBI so far.
The White Sox are 5-0 in Sale’s last five starts versus a team with a winning record, and 15-5 in Sale’s last 20 starts overall. Chicago is also 13-5 in Sale’s last 18 starts on grass, and 7-3 in Sale’s last 10 road starts.
As for the Cubs, they’re 10-3 in their last 13 game fours of a series, and 28-13 in their last 41 games versus a left-handed starter. Chicago is also 1-4 in their last five Thursday games, and 1-6 in Lackey’s last seven starts.
Lackey is kind of in a funk right now, so I’ll take Sale and the Sox to tame the Cubs here.