Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers - 7/18/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Dodgers (64-29) at Chicago White Sox (38-52)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm (New Comiskey Park)
C Kershaw (14-2) (2.18) vs. M Gonzalez (4-8) (5.60)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +250 / Los Angeles Dodgers -300 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Chicago White Sox in game one of their three game interleague set on Tuesday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers come into this one on an absolute tear, picking up where they left off, sweeping the Marlins with a 3-2 win on Sunday for their 9th straight win, and their 29th victory in their last 33 games. Justin Turner led the charge, going 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Austin Barnes added a pair of hits of his own and the other run in L.A.’s win. Chris Taylor added a triple while Logan Forsythe and Corey Seager each chipped in base hits of their own in the win. Rich Hill got the win to improve to 6-4 this season, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out nine over just five innings of work. Kenley Jansen got the final out in the 8th and closed out a scoreless 9th for his 23rd save of the season. Clayton Kershaw will start game one and is 14-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 159 strikeouts this season. In his career, Kershaw is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox will look for their first win of the second half of the season after being swept by the Mariners over the weekend, including a 7-6 extra innings loss on Sunday, pushing Chicago’s losing skid to four games and seven defeats in their last eight games. Avisail Garcia led the charge, going 2 for 5 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs, while Omar Narvaez added a two run shot as well. Jose Abreu rounded out the scoring, going 2 for 5 with an RBI double. Alen Hanson added a double of his own while Melky Cabrera, Tim Anderson and Matt Davidson contributed base hits in the loss. Derek Holland gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits while striking out three over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chris Beck gave up the game-deciding homer to Nelson Cruz, with Cruz being his only batter in the 10th, taking the loss to fall to 1-1 this season. Miguel Gonzalez will start the series opener and is 4-8 with a 5.15 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. This will be Gonzalez’s first career start against the Dodgers, however Gonzalez owns a career 3-5 interleague record with a 4.18 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 12 starts.
Los Angeles is 42-11 in their last 53 games overall and 7-0 in Kershaw’s last 7 interleague starts while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 interleague games. Chicago is 1-8 in Gonzalez’s last 9 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 interleague games while the over is 4-0 in Gonzalez’s last 4 home starts. Los Angeles is 6-14 in the last 20 meetings between these two teams.
I’ve made a lot of money backing the Dodgers, and now, we are getting the hottest team in baseball, starting the hottest pitcher in baseball, and to me it’s a no-brainer. The pitching matchup isn’t even close, as Kershaw’s given up just two earned runs over his last four starts covering 29 innings, while Gonzalez has given up at least four earned in his last three starts, a combined 15 earned runs over 15.2 innings. Numbers like that won’t keep you in the game long against the Dodgers and Kershaw, so I’ll take L.A. on the run line to try to get whatever value I can as I think this one is over early.