Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays - 8/2/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Blue Jays (50-57) at Chicago White Sox (41-63)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
J Happ (3-8) (4.15) vs. D Holland (5-10) (5.84)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +178 / Toronto Blue Jays -199 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, CSN-Chicago
The Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays face off in the rubber match of their three game set on Wednesday.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to take the series after winning game two by a final score of 8-4 on Wednesday. Josh Donaldson led the way, going 2 for 3 with a homer, a double and three RBIs. Russell Martin and Justin Smoak each put up a pair of RBIs a piece, with Smoak going yard in the 5th inning. Steve Pearce went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Darwin Barney added a double of his own in the win. Jose Bautista, Kendrys Morales, Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar each added base hits in the winning effort for Toronto. Marcus Stroman got the win to improve to 10-5 this season after giving up all four runs on seven hits while striking out five over seven innings of work. J.A. Happ will start game three and is 3-8 with a 4.15 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA and 25 strikeouts against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound after losing game two and taking their sixth loss in their last eight games. Kevan Smith hit a pinch-hit two run homer while Omar Narvaez added a two run double of his own to round out the scoring for the White Sox in the loss. Leury Garcia went 2 for 5 with a triple, while Jose Abreu went 2 for 4 with a double. Nicky Delmonico, Tyler Saladino and Alen Hanson each chipped in base hits of their own in the losing effort. Mike Pelfrey took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out a pair over 5.2 innings of work, falling to 3-9 this season. Derek Holland will start game three and is 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. In his career, Holland is 3-3 with a 6.99 ERA and 36 strikeouts against Toronto.
Toronto is 7-17 in their last 24 games following a win and 2-6 in Happ’s last 8 road starts while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Chicago is 1-10 in Holland’s last 11 starts and 2-10 in their last 12 home games while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 games against a left-handed starter. Toronto is 4-10 in the last 14 meetings between these two teams.
This is a steep price for Toronto, but you simply can’t back the White Sox with any confidence. Holland has given up five runs or more in seven of his last ten starts, and leads the team with a 5.42 ERA. Just think about that for a second. An ERA well over five is the lowest in the starting rotation? Yuck. Even though Happ hasn’t been much better record-wise, he’s still given up three runs or less in eight of his last nine starts. Gotta take Toronto for the series win here.