Toronto Blue Jays (30-27) vs. Chicago White Sox (36-23)
June 9, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Chicago White Sox -135 / Toronto Blue Jays +125; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Toronto Blue Jays and the Chicago White Sox meet Wednesday in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field. This will be the second installment in a three-game set between these teams this week. In the Tuesday opener, the Sox bagged a five-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Blue Jays had some trouble with the Astros over the weekend, losing two of their three games. In the opener versus the White Sox on Tuesday, Toronto had a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh but eventually coughed up six runs in a 6-1 defeat.
For the starting pitcher job Wednesday, the Blue Jays are sending out Alex Manoah. So far this year over two starts, Manoah is 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 12 strikeouts. He’s got nine hits with four earned and three homers allowed in 9.1 innings.
Over on the White Sox’ side, they managed to take three of four games from the Tigers over the weekend. In the Tuesday matchup against Toronto, Chicago posted five runs in the eighth inning alongside 11 team hits for the win. Carlos Rodon went 5.0 innings with one earned on six hits.
For the starting pitcher job Wednesday, the White Sox will go with Lance Lynn. So far this year Lynn has a 7-1 record with a 1.23 ERA and 63 strikeouts. He’s just 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA in seven career games versus the Blue Jays, though.
The Blue Jays are 4-0 in their last four in game two of a series and 5-2 in their last seven Wednesday games. Toronto is 8-22 in their last 30 road games with the total at 11.0 or higher and the over is 3-1-1 in their last five Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 39-14 in their last 53 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 in game two of a series. Chicago is 27-11 in their last 38 home games versus a right-handed starter and the under is 13-5 in their last 18 overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the White Sox. Chicago’s offense has shown flashes of their potential again lately, and if they can put everything together on both sides of the ball the Sox will be one of the tougher teams in the league. As for the Jays, they’re relying on Manoah to get back to form here after a rough second start. I like Manoah to get back to form here but I still think Chicago has the edge.