Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (45-70) at Los Angeles Dodgers (83-34)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm (Dodger Stadium)
M Gonzalez (6-10) (4.85) vs. A Wood (14-1) (2.37)
The Line: Los Angeles Dodgers -340 / Chicago White Sox +270 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of a mini two game interleague series from Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to bounce back after being throttled by a final score of 14-6 in their series finale against the Royals on Sunday. Tim Anderson and Avisail Garcia led the way with two RBIs apiece, with Anderson going 1 for 5 with a homer and Garcia going 2 for 5 with a double. Jose Abreu and Nicky Delmonico each added an RBI to round out the scoring for the White Sox in the loss, with Delmonico adding a double of his own. Tyler Saladino and Yoan Moncada each added a two-bagger, while Kevan Smith added a base hit as well in defeat. Derek Holland got tagged yet again, giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out a pair over just two innings, falling to 6-12 this season. Miguel Gonzalez will start game one and is 6-10 with a 4.85 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. In his career, Gonzalez is 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 5 strikeouts against the Dodgers.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers got back to being the Dodgers, winning back-to-back games to close out their series with the Padres, including a 6-4 win in the finale on Sunday. Justin Turner led the charge, going 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs. Yasmani Grandal added a homer of his own with two RBIs to round out the scoring for L.A. in the win as Cody Bellinger added a double and Corey Seager chipped in a base hit of his own as the Dodgers put up just five hits as a team. Kenta Maeda got the win to improve to 11-4 this season, giving up all four runs, three earned, on four hits while striking out eight over 5.1 innings of work. The Dodgers bullpen was near perfect, giving up just one hit as a group, culminating in a perfect 9th inning for Kenley Jansen en route to his 32nd save of the year. Alex Wood will start game one for the Dodgers and is 14-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 116 strikeouts this season. This will be Wood’s first career start against the White Sox, however in his career, Wood owns a 3-5 interleague record with a 2.60 ERA and 52 strikeouts covering 15 appearances (10 starts).
Chicago is 1-7 in their last 8 games against the NL West and 15-36 in their last 51 road games while the under is 13-3 in their last 16 games against a left-handed starter. Los Angeles is 48-9 in their last 57 games overall and 14-2 in Wood’s last 16 starts while the over is 9-2 in Wood’s last 11 starts against a team with a losing record. The over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams are back to what they’ve been doing for the majority of the season, with the White Sox losing games and struggling to keep runs off of the board, while the Dodgers just keep finding ways to win. The Dodgers have been pretty much a sure thing with Wood on the mound over the course of his last 16 starts, which is why the line is as crazy big as it is. To try to negate the heavy juice, I’ll take the Dodgers in a game they should win by at least a couple if current form continues.