Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago White Sox - 9/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (72-77) at Philadelphia Phillies (67-83)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
J Shields (5-17) (5.84) vs. Jake Thompson (2-5) (5.64)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -127 / Chicago White Sox +117 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSPH, WGN
Over at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies will be kicking off a two-game MLB set.
The White Sox just finished up a weekend series against the Royals. Chicago won Friday’s game, but dropped the two weekend matchups. On Monday, the Sox lost 8-3.
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As for the Phillies, they’re coming off a set against the Marlins. Philadelphia won Friday and Saturday’s games, but dropped the finale 5-4.
Pitching for the White Sox on Tuesday will be RHP James Shields. In his 30 starts and 5-17 record, Shields owns a 5.84 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP in 163.1 innings. In his last start against the Indians, Shields went six innings with three hits and one earned.
It’s not too hard to find the top hitters in the White Sox order. Jose Abreu has bagged 175 hits with 25 homers, 96 RBI and 64 runs. Adam Eaton holds 165 hits with 84 runs and 55 RBI. Melky Cabrera has hit 161 times with 63 runs and 73 RBI so far.
Over on the Phillies’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Jake Thompson on Tuesday. In his eight starts and 2-5 record, Thompson owns a 5.64 ERA with a 1.48 WHIP in 44.2 innings. Against Pittsburgh in his last outing, Thompson recorded six innings with six hits and two runs for a win.
Philadelphia has some notable hitters as well. Odubel Herrera has hit 153 times with 79 runs and 45 RBI. Cesar Hernandez holds 146 hits with 60 runs and 36 RBI. Maikel Franco has hit 131 times with 57 runs, 22 homers and 77 RBI.
The White Sox are 2-5 in Shields’ last seven starts following a quality start in his last appearance, and 1-4 in Shields’ last five starts with four days’ rest. Chicago is also 1-5 in Shields’ last six starts, and 1-6 in Shields’ last seven road starts.
As for the Phillies, they’re 4-0 in their last four game ones of a series, and 4-0 in their last four interleague games versus a right-handed starter. Philadelphia is also 4-10 in their last 14 home games, and 1-5 in Thompson’s last six starts.
I’m not really thrilled about either starting pitcher here, but since the Phillies have been playing really well as of late I’ll take Philadelphia for the victory.