Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs - 7/27/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (52-47) at Chicago White Sox (39-58)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
J Lester (7-6) (3.95) vs. M Pelfrey (3-7) (4.46)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +210 / Chicago Cubs -250 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, WGN
The battle of Chicago concludes on Thursday as the Cubs and the White Sox wrap up a four game set.
The Chicago Cubs will look to take the series after winning back-to-back games and ten of their last twelve outings after an 8-3 win in game three on Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo led the way by going 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs. Addison Russell added a solo home run while Kyle Schwarber, Jon Jay and Ben Zobrist added RBIs in the win. Kris Bryant added a double while Victor Caratini added a base hit of his own in the winning effort for the Cubbies. Jake Arrieta got the win to improve to 10-7 this season after giving up a pair of runs on two hits while walking two and striking out five over 6.2 innings of work. Jon Lester will start game four and is 7-6 with a 3.95 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lester is 6-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 86 strikeouts against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox will be looking to salvage a series split with the Cubs after their loss in game three on Wednesday. Alen Hanson led the team with a pair of RBIs by way of a solo homer and a sac fly RBI while Yoan Moncada rounded out the White Sox offensive output with his first big league home run. Omar Narvaez went 1 for 3 with a double while Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu added base hits in the losing effort. James Shields took the loss, falling to 2-3 this season after giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out four over four innings of work. Mike Pelfrey will start game four and is 3-7 with a 4.46 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pelfrey is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA and 14 strikeouts against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 9-0 in their last 9 road games and 23-5 in Lester’s last 28 starts against a team with a losing record while the over is 8-2-1 in their last 11 interleague games. The White Sox are 0-7 in their last 7 home games and 1-4 in Pelfrey’s last 5 starts while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter. The Cubs are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Pelfrey has had a bit of success against the Cubs in his career, but that doesn’t really matter when the White Sox are clearly waving the white flag on their season. The Cubs are surging towards a playoff spot, and it will help sending Lester to the bump, who has been nothing but money when facing teams with a losing record, which is the definition of the White Sox here, so the Cubs should be able to take this one by a couple of runs.