Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers - 7/22/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Milwaukee Brewers (0-0) at Chicago White Sox (0-0)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 8:10 pm (Guaranteed Rate Field)
Adrian Houser (0-0) (0.00) vs. Carlos Rodon (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -132 / Milwaukee Brewers +110 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox meet Wednesday in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Brewers are coming off an 89-73 record in 2019, leaving the team in second place in the National League Central. Milwaukee made the postseason as a Wild Card, but fell to the eventual champion Nationals in that game. As for the White Sox, they’re coming off an exhibition matchup Monday versus their intracity rival the Cubs, a 5-3 Sox victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Brewers will have their hands full once again this year in a difficult National League Central. There are four teams (minus Pittsburgh) who have a realistic shot at taking the division title, so every game will matter in 2020. Milwaukee is positioned nicely with a well-rounded lineup, though. Christian Yelich, Ryan Braun, Justin Smoak and Keston Hiura each have the potential for double-digit home runs this season. Lorenzo Cain is also a nice piece near the top of the order as well, and he should finish with around 30 runs and 10 stolen bases.
For the Wednesday matchup, Milwaukee will send out Adrian Houser in the start. Houser’s rookie MLB stats come from just last year, when he posted a 6-7 record with a 3.72 ERA. Houser also managed 117 strikeouts in 111.1 innings of work over the season.
Over on the White Sox side, they managed a pretty solid outing overall versus the Cubs on Monday. The Sox scored all five of their runs in the first inning, and later held off a three-run effort from the Cubs in the seventh to bang out the 5-3 win. Dallas Keuchel had a nice pitching outing with 5.0 innings, one hit and two strikeouts. Shortstop Tim Anderson went 2-for-3 with a run, and Eloy Jimenez ripped a grand slam in the first inning.
In the Wednesday matchup, Chicago will go with Carlos Rodon in the starting role. In 2019, Rodon went 3-2 with a 5.19 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 34.2 innings of limited action. Across his career, Rodon carries a 29-31 record with a 4.08 ERA and 519 Ks in 529.0 total innings of work.
Pick: I like the Brewers enough to take a very small chance here. Houser did a pretty solid job overall last year and had a decent strikeout rate—especially for a guy who had a 6-7 record. I expect Houser to go at least a few innings here and keep the damage minimal. After that, the bullpen should be able to hold things together.
It’s an exhibition game after all, and it’s tough to pick of course, but I think Milwaukee’s good on a relative coin-flip game here.