Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (49-56) at Chicago White Sox (40-62)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
M Stroman (9-5) (3.08) vs. M Pelfrey (3-8) (4.73)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +182 / Toronto Blue Jays -195 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
Up at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox will be continuing their MLB series.
In Monday’s opener, the Sox secured a dramatic walk-off win 7-6. Chicago scored all of their runs in the final three innings.
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For the Tuesday game, the Blue Jays will be rolling out RHP Marcus Stroman. In his 131.1 innings and 9-5 record this year, Stroman has a 3.08 ERA with 109 Ks and 43 BBs.
Toronto has a few notable bats on their roster. Justin Smoak came into this one with 108 hits, 61 runs, 29 homers and 70 RBI, while Kevin Pillar was sitting on 97 hits, 49 runs, 12 homers and 25 RBI. On Monday, Smoak hit a homer; Pillar had a hit and a run.
Over on the White Sox’ side, they’re going with RHP Mike Pelfrey on Tuesday. In his 83.2 innings and 3-8 record this year, Pelfrey has a 4.73 ERA with 55 Ks.
Chicago also has some key bats this season. Jose Abreu came into this set with 118 hits, 58 runs, 19 homers and 66 RBI while Avisail Garcia had 117 hits, 54 runs, 13 homers and 56 RBI. Abreu had two hits, two RBI and a run on Monday.
The Blue Jays are 2-5 in their last seven Tuesday games and 1-5 in their last six during game two of a series, and 11-4 in Stroman’s last 15 starts. Toronto is also 2-5 in Stroman’s last seven starts versus the AL Central and the under is 5-0 in the Blue Jays’ last five Tuesday games.
Meanwhile, the White Sox are 0-5 in their last five during game two of a series, and 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games. Chicago is also 1-6 in their last seven games versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30, and the under is 9-4-1 in the Sox’ last 14 during game two of a series.
Over his last half-dozen starts, Stroman has been very solid. In that time he’s given up more than two earned just once, and more than one earned just twice. As for Pelfrey, he hasn’t won since June 17 and has a 7.07 ERA in 28 innings during that time. I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against Stroman and the Jays here so I’ll take Toronto.